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Lack of cafes on Canberra lakes

By goog - 17 April 2012 29

Why are there so few cafes and restaurents on Canberra lakes ?

After walking around Lake Tuggeranong the other day, my wife and I decided to have a coffee on the “cafe strip” outsde the Hyperdome. As we sat there sipping our coffee listening to deafening buses and trucks roar by billowing out goodness knows what from their exhausts, I could not wonder why the Hyperdome along with some bars/cafes/ restaurents could not have been built on the lake so we could enjoy the wiews and peace it offers. I just don’t get it.

While I’m on the subject, the same can be said of Civic and Belconnen. Could you imagine how lovely and vibrant our town centres would be if somene with a bit of common sense was in control of town planning?

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Lack of cafes on Canberra lakes
watto23 4:53 pm 17 Apr 12

I’ve always wondered why this is not the case as well.

Plenty of of nice quiet spots for cafes around the lake, if the success of the rather slow to deliver brodburger is possible then I think any cafe by the lake would have a good chance of doing well. Even in winter people walk around the lake.

harryhaller 4:50 pm 17 Apr 12

ignatieff said :

Cafes and restaurants need a close resident population to sustain them. With Belconnen and Tuggeranong, it is poor town planning. Although Belconnen seems to be getting better at this.

I beg to differ. The cafes in the national library and galleries are a perfect counterexample. On the weekend they are bursting with people, not all visitors of the institutions that host them, especially in case of the library.

Also, if you look at most European countries, in comparison, you would notice how the lakes are always host to cafes and restaurants, even if the cities are far away (say 20km and more); despite the distances, people like to travel and enjoy their meals and coffees in the proximity of nature, away from the fumes, and near water. I see no reason why the same wouldn’t be true in Canberra.

And like I said, go to the national library on a sunny day and look at the line up at the counter, if you don’t believe me.

Postalgeek 4:38 pm 17 Apr 12

Keijidosha said :

There are two main reasons we don’t have cafes around our lakes.
1) Bitter Canberra winters

You should venture beyond the 40? parallels sometime.

notdingers 4:21 pm 17 Apr 12

The Jetty Cafe might be good.

Closed Sundays which sucks but it looks promising.

tnpf 4:12 pm 17 Apr 12

enrique said :

ignatieff said :

Cafes and restaurants need a close resident population to sustain them. … & …poor town planning.

Hit the nail on the head with those two.

The old codgers that implemented the plans probably had some grandiose idea that a capital city should be all avenues, tall orderly trees and picturesque lakes that people looked from afar and visiting foreign dignitaries could marvel at from their chauffeur driven cars. They were probably trying to mimic other major foreign capitals and went a little OTT.

Letting the real citizens get up and close and build actual useful urban infrastructure around those pretty areas would detract from their beauty – yuck – who wants to show off our actual people enjoying their own town to other countries?!

Actually its purely economic. The Lake is too far for consumers from the hyperdome. There’s more than enough of a population to support a mega shopping mall. The Tuggeranong foreshore is actually quite stocked with retail opportunities and was redeveloped/ landscaped extensively in the late 90’s. If you don’t consider a college, a public library an arts centre and numerous park and recreation spaces enough “good infrastructure” then I’m not sure what you’re after. The foreshore unfortunately hasn’t taken off and has deteriorated significantly for the reason above – the hyperdome.

Keijidosha 4:08 pm 17 Apr 12

There are two main reasons we don’t have cafes around our lakes.
1) Bitter Canberra winters
2) Incompetent town planners/government

The latter point could not be more evident when you look at Emu Bank in Belconnen. Someone planned and built a lovely pedestrian boulevard alongside the lake – which leads from nowhere to nowhere, and the buildings that face it have little/no pedestrian access. The resulting lack of foot traffic renders a lot of retail space useless, and therefore permanently vacant.

A far better idea would have been to build a pedestrian boulevard alongside the lake, with a single lane shared road and kerbside parking between it and any buildings. This would promote traffic (especially in the colder months) past lakeside retail businesses.

At the moment you can drive along Emu Bank without a clue what might be alongside the lake.

M0les 4:07 pm 17 Apr 12

Is “The Aft” cafe nolonger there in Tuggers (Back of the arts building near-ish KFC)? Used to do some pretty acceptable food too. Good view of lake.

Mysteryman 4:02 pm 17 Apr 12

Crappy restrictions on building, would be my guess.

niftydog 3:58 pm 17 Apr 12

The cafe spaces recently built on Emu Bank facing the lake are in a lovely spot – morning sun & a nice vista… two things incredibly rare for eateries in Canberra.

Sadly they are hidden behind other retail shops that face the street – last I looked they were all empty (except the bike shop) and being vandalised.

enrique 3:53 pm 17 Apr 12

ignatieff said :

Cafes and restaurants need a close resident population to sustain them. … & …poor town planning.

Hit the nail on the head with those two.

The old codgers that implemented the plans probably had some grandiose idea that a capital city should be all avenues, tall orderly trees and picturesque lakes that people looked from afar and visiting foreign dignitaries could marvel at from their chauffeur driven cars. They were probably trying to mimic other major foreign capitals and went a little OTT.

Letting the real citizens get up and close and build actual useful urban infrastructure around those pretty areas would detract from their beauty – yuck – who wants to show off our actual people enjoying their own town to other countries?!

adamthebastard 3:53 pm 17 Apr 12

…to make room for car parks. Our cars just love their lake views and you wouldn’t want to take that away from them.

poetix 3:30 pm 17 Apr 12

There used to be a cafe on the top floor of the Arts Centre in Tuggeranong, with a nice view (away from the buildings over the lake), but last time I was there it had closed.

ignatieff 3:29 pm 17 Apr 12

Cafes and restaurants need a close resident population to sustain them. With Belconnen and Tuggeranong, it is poor town planning. Although Belconnen seems to be getting better at this.

With LBG, it is the National Capital Plan and its reluctance to allow residential development anywhere near the lake. Kingston Foreshore is on the right track, but really, the lake is pretty quiet once the sun goes down.

dpm 3:23 pm 17 Apr 12
1967 3:14 pm 17 Apr 12

Because half the time the lakes smell worse than the diesel fumes

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