8 March 2024

Dickson Shops is in line for a spruce-up. See what's coming

| Ian Bushnell
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An artist’s impression of what Taglietti Square will look like. Images: CRA.

The City Renewal Authority is unveiling its proposed improvements to public spaces for the northside hub, promising a safer, more people-friendly Dickson Shops.

The CRA has opened community consultation on the proposals, running until 23 April,

It says the upgrades aim to create a safe, connected and inviting environment for a growing residential population and visitors, supporting business and economic activity.

They include better paving and seating, enhanced lighting, and other safety features, as well as opportunities for incidental play.

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Taglietti Square (the library plaza) and other courtyards will be decluttered and mature trees will be made more secure in elevated planters.

Improvements are also planned to make it easier for people to walk through the shop area.

The pedestrian link from Cowper Street to the post office will be widened, and there will be better pedestrian connections across Badham Street.

Stormwater infrastructure will also be upgraded.

These upgrades will complement the recent Woolley Street works, including an enhanced pedestrian crossing at the southern end of Woolley Street and an upgraded plaza, which recently hosted 10,000 people for Lunar New Year in Dickson.

CRA CEO Malcolm Snow says Dickson should be a more accessible, modern, and welcoming place for the community and traders.

City Renewal Authority CEO Malcolm Snow said the proposed upgrades had been carefully designed to lift the quality of the public environment and strengthen Dickson’s unique charm and character.

“We have drawn inspiration from previous extensive feedback from local stakeholders and community members, including insights from the Dickson Place Plan,” he said.

“With construction scheduled to commence in 2025, the project has now reached a crucial stage where community input is sought to refine the proposed design concept further.

“We are seeking feedback and suggestions on the concept plans to make Dickson Shops a more accessible, modern and welcoming place for the community and traders.”

Canberrans can view the proposed designs online or attend one of the drop-in sessions at Dickson Library on 4 and 13 April.

To learn more, visit the Yoursay website.

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