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Tourists flocking to the Kingston Foreshore?

By johnboy - 3 April 2009 16

[Photo taken Boxing Day 2008]

Chief Minister Stanhope is rather chuffed that his Land Development Agency (LDA) has won the Urban Development Institute of Australia (UDIA) National Award for ‘Urban Renewal’ for the Kingston Foreshore Development.

    UDIA judges praised the innovative approach of the Kingston Foreshore Master Plan which integrated existing landmark buildings and aligned to the Griffin Plan.

    The judges also commended the environmental sustainability of the site, its generous use of public space and amenities as well as the revitalisation of the old industrial precinct.

I’m sure it’s lovely down there but I was struck by this line:

    “As well as being a spectacular place to live, the Kingston Foreshore, which includes the harbour development, is quickly evolving into a fantastic tourist precinct, with waterfront parklands, boardwalks, cafes, restaurants and speciality retail outlets planned for the near future,” Mr Stanhope said.

Can anyone imagine a bored New Yorker (or even a Sydney sider), flipping through their travel leaflets, and saying “Oh my dahlink, there’s a mahvellous urban renewal project on the foreshore of Lake Burley Griffin, tell Jeeves to cancel the trip to Aruba and we’ll go there instead”?.

At what level of the tourism market is the Kingston Foreshore going to be preferable to any of a million other places in this world?

Or are Canberrans trekking to an entertainment precinct from elsewhere in the city now tourists?

Or does he mean they’re going to deposit tourist buses there and hope they don’t hate it because they don’t have any choice anyway?

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Tourists flocking to the Kingston Foreshore?
2604 5:25 pm 04 Apr 09

The Foreshore should be good when it’s completed. I was worried that it was all going to be ueber-pricy boutique shopping and unaffordable restaurants, but think there’s a good chance that some more community-style facilities and alternative attractions (like the Glassworks and BDM) will be in the mix.

The Real Estate will be pricey, though. Don’t know how glad I’d be to shell out $1m for an apartment that was built on reclaimed land….

Americanberran 8:50 pm 03 Apr 09

Well, I’m a New Yorker that’s already in Canberra, and wouldn’t be caught dead there(unless my pants were down)
I don’t know why tourists come here either; to visit the city that was solely chosen the capital because it was supposedly halfway btw Sydney & Melbourne??? I’m guessin’, more political theatrics went into usurping such a decision than there are politicians in Parliament Theatre.

Felix the Cat 7:45 pm 03 Apr 09

They’ll be getting nice and wet if they are still there now!

Feebles 6:15 pm 03 Apr 09

Maybe they’re aiming for Brisbane’s South Bank

toriness 5:06 pm 03 Apr 09

Thumper said :

Can anyone imagine a bored New Yorker (or even a Sydney sider), flipping through their travel leaflets, and saying “Oh my dahlink, there’s a mahvellous urban renewal project on the foreshore of Lake Burley Griffin, tell Jeeves to cancel the trip to Aruba and we’ll go there instead”?.

L.O.L.

johnboy 4:12 pm 03 Apr 09

You will be if you keep babbling.

astrojax 4:05 pm 03 Apr 09

that one went up, so i’m not in a mod queue then?

astrojax 4:04 pm 03 Apr 09

this is very weird – where’d my comment go? i was on first and saw it in the comments field after i posted it.

miz 2:47 pm 03 Apr 09

He probably means the glass house and the kingston markets. Other than that, it’s just kingo shops . . . I’m just annoyed that the actual harbour precinct is very exclusive.

Pommy bastard 1:42 pm 03 Apr 09

As most tourists “do” Caberra in one or two days, I cannot see them rushing down there for whatever it is is there…

dosomethinguseful 1:36 pm 03 Apr 09

Thumper said :

I said it before, they need a large pier and an anchored ship as a floating restaurant, wedding venue, etc.

Somewhat similiar to Darling Harbour.

Agree fully. I wish they would hurry up and go ahead with the Civic foreshore redevelopment that they have planned as part of the Griffith Legacy

sepi 1:19 pm 03 Apr 09

I think it is lovely down there, and with the glassworks attracting visitors, and the Kingston markets, it is becoming a little tourism precinct.

ramblingted 12:44 pm 03 Apr 09

I think tourists will come…there are so many place in the world where you can’t get up close to blue green alagae..

Granny 12:29 pm 03 Apr 09

I think it’s just that tourists come to Canberra from interstate and overseas for whatever reason they come to Canberra, and while they’re here it’s a nice place for them to be and just hang out like any other waterfront space in a city.

I think with most tourist destinations you go there for a number of reasons, and hope to experience a variety of both natural and man-made features.

Thumper 12:15 pm 03 Apr 09

I said it before, they need a large pier and an anchored ship as a floating restaurant, wedding venue, etc.

Somewhat similiar to Darling Harbour.

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