Capital Metro Place Managers to increase local engagement

Released 26/06/2015

Residents, businesses and community groups will soon have more access to the Capital Metro project with the launch of a new Place Manager Program on Wednesday 8 July, Minister for Capital Metro Simon Corbell announced today.

“The Place Manager Program is an exciting new initiative for Capital Metro that will see the placement of Capital Metro staff in three locations along the light rail corridor providing easy access for the community to visit and talk about the project.” Mr Corbell said.

The program addresses feedback received from the community that face-to-face interaction with the light rail team is a desirable way to learn about the project and ask questions. In a survey conducted by local company Piazza Research, the community stressed the importance of face-to-face consultation. 

“By positioning Capital Metro staff in offices along the light rail alignment, community and businesses will have convenient access to the project team to ask questions or work through potential concerns they may have,” Mr Corbell said.

Dedicated place managers will be located in Civic, Dickson and Gungahlin and will be available by appointment or informal ‘drop in’ meetings on set days. The Capital Metro team will also visit residents, businesses and community groups along the light rail alignment over the coming months.

“The Place Manager Program builds on consultation activities by the Capital Metro team and further demonstrates the ACT Government’s commitment to keeping the community involved and updated on how the project is progressing every step of the way,” Mr Corbell said.

The Capital Metro Agency has undertaken a number of formal consultation processes such as the early design for Capital Metro stage one held last year and the urban design concepts held this year, as well as informal sessions through community events like Party at the Shops.

“Consultation is currently open on the project’s Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) providing people with an opportunity to learn what the possible impacts during construction and the operation of light rail could be. This will not only help prepare the community and stakeholders for what to expect, it will also allow them to assist in identifying any issues and opportunities for the project,” Mr Corbell said. 

The first of four information drop-in sessions will be held this Saturday from 11.30am to 1.30pm at Gungahlin Library. The Capital Metro team will also host Facebook forums on the EIS providing another opportunity for the community to ask their questions and provide feedback.”

For more information on consultation including the EIS and Place Manager Program visit

Consultation on the EIS closes Wednesday 17 July 2015.

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