22 October 2021

Designs released for first local shops upgrade

| Ian Bushnell
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Duffy shops upgrade perspective

The Duffy shops upgrade includes a new playground. Image: ACT Government.

New designs have been released for local shopping centre upgrades at Kaleen, Campbell and Duffy.

The three sites are the first of 11 shopping centres that the ACT Government has listed for facelifts, and construction is expected to begin on them early next year.

A construction tender has already been released to market for upgrades at Kaleen, with further contracts for Duffy and Campbell to go to market in the coming weeks.

The final designs were the result of community feedback from public consultation processes conducted from March to May this year.

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They have been released with the community feedback reports for each of the local shops.

Transport and City Services Minister Chris Steel said landscaping and tree planting were high priorities for residents but accessibility, safety and spaces providing opportunities for gathering and spending time with family and friends were also highlighted.

Campbell shops upgrade perspective

The Campbell shops upgrade will include improved paths, car parking and landscaping. Image: ACT Government.

At Kaleen’s Gwydir Square, new toilets, more car parks, better landscaping, seating and a shade structure at the playground will be delivered.

In Duffy, new toilets and improved landscaping will complement a new playground and bike track, connected with new paths.

Upgrades at the Campbell shops will focus on making the space more accessible by improving paths, car parking and landscaping.

Kaleen shops final design

The final design for Kaleen shops. Image: ACT Government.

“These upgrades will support jobs and business and encourage Canberrans to shop locally by improving public spaces and building vibrant local hubs,” Mr Steel said.

“Our community infrastructure investment program is an important part of our plans to see Canberra’s economy bounce back strongly in the months ahead, with many of these projects at – or close to – a shovel-ready state.”

Other shopping centres slated for upgrades include Narrabundah, Evatt, Macquarie, Monash and Calwell, as well as the group centres at Weston, Kippax and Lanyon.

To read the listening reports and see the final designs visit: www.yoursayconversations.act.gov.au.

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It is good to hear that new public toilets are included at Kaleen and Duffy.
None of the 11 centres listed for an upgrade are in Woden.

I haven’t lived in Canberra for several years, but my major memory of the local shops were the numerous vacant premises, with the only viable business being an IGA or similar. I’m not sure if this is still the case but if so, maybe find out why (high rents maybe?) and encourage more small businesses to take on a premises.

ChrisinTurner1:25 pm 23 Oct 21

The government could try reducing the crippling rates they charge these small businesses. Enforcement of parking limits would also encourage more use.

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