A pop-up cafe by Lake Burley Griffin near Blundells Cottage could be on the menu for visitors, walkers, runners and cyclists.
Chillilala Pty Ltd, whose director is Arina Poulakis, has lodged a works application with the National Capital Authority (NCA) for the prefabricated cafe which will be erected on the hardstand of the former carpark adjacent to Blundells Cottage on Wendouree Drive.
The structure will be about the size of a shipping container
The NCA, which has a policy of supporting appropriate activity by the lake, chose the site.
In recent years, it has been encouraging more commercial activity on and around the lake, including the Black Mountain water park; the redevelopment of the Canberra and Region Visitors’ Centre at Regatta Point; Commonwealth Place venues; the proposed West Basin development; and seaplane services.
The cafe, which will serve coffee and food, will be located between two trees at the end of the existing parking area, and should be able to capture passing trade on the nearby shared path and from Blundells Cottage.
It will initially be in place for three years, with the potential for a further two years.
The application states it will be discrete and blend into the landscape, with the design having a suitable aesthetic quality for the area and fitting with the heritage status of Blundells Cottage.
It will take about eight weeks to install once the works approval is granted and can quickly be removed with minimal impacts if necessary.
Electricity and water can be connected from nearby underground services, while liquid waste will be stored within the cafe and emptied daily off site.
Mobile rubbish bins will be emptied daily in peak periods and as needed on other days.
The Heritage Report from Eric Martin and Associates states the proposed cafe will have no adverse impact, being a sufficient distance from Blundells Cottage.
But the cafe will conceal the interpretive tracks sign behind the site, which should be moved to the west adjacent the other car parking spaces.
The report states the cafe will add another element to the lake edge, benefit lake users, and only slightly affect the ‘quiet and still’.
Feedback is open until 5 pm, Friday 11 August, and submissions can be emailed to WAconsultation@nca.gov.au