Site testing to inform planning for West Basin boardwalk extension

Released 25/07/2018

The City Renewal Authority will begin lake bed testing next week as part of its design for the realignment of the West Basin shoreline for Stage 2 of the waterfront development.

Works approval has been granted by the National Capital Authority (NCA) to undertake geotechnical investigations, to determine the depth of the sediment on the lake bed. This will assist with the foundation design required to construct the proposed 500m of boardwalk and new lake wall.

Testing will take place from a barge in the lake over the next few weeks. The testing does not require drilling and will not disturb the lake bed.

These results will inform the design plans for a further works approval application to the NCA for the next stage of work on the waterfront. These works will realign the West Basin shoreline so that it is consistent with the National Capital Plan.

City Renewal Authority chief executive Malcolm Snow said a works approval application for stage two would be lodged once negotiations with the Australian Government on the transfer of part of the lake bed to the ACT Government had been resolved.

“The redevelopment of West Basin into a more people-friendly area is a key objective for the City Renewal Authority,” Mr Snow said.

“That’s why our priority is the creation of high-quality public spaces as the first stage of redevelopment.

“Opening Henry Rolland Park has already transformed a bleak car park into a wonderful new public space for people to visit, spend time and connect with their community.

“Stages two and three will complete the boardwalk and promenade at West Basin and will include a new urban park, play areas, public facilities and opportunities for cafes and restaurants.

“The Griffins envisioned the city centre connected to the lake and the creation of these contemporary public spaces in West Basin will be a critical step in realising that link.”

Stage two is planned to begin in early 2019 and will consist of another 500m of boardwalk and the reclamation of approximately 2.8 hectares of lake bed to realign the shoreline.

West Basin is Designated Land and works approval from the NCA is required for all development work. All applications to the NCA will be subject to public consultation.

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