||Sustain employment opportunities
OBJECTIVE — Provide
flexible opportunities and appropriate locations for establishing
and growing business
Employment location has been central to the planning
of the ACT and is still important to achieving an efficient transport
system, effective government investment in infrastructure and the
location of facilities and services and achieving a stronger and
more diverse economic base for the future of the city and surrounding
NSW. The current trends, and availability of land within the existing
town centres and Civic, indicate that there will be continued employment
growth within these areas. Over recent years retail trends have
affected different retail sectors and floor space locational requirements
within the ACT. In the retail sector, greater flexibility and choice
in retailing is warranted in locations appropriate to changing
- Decisions on the location of major employment
growth will be guided by principles that will seek
- concentrate employment in activity nodes well serviced by public
transport and supported by a complementary range of services;
- each of the activity nodes to accommodate
no more than 5–10 per cent of total
employment in the ACT;
the vitality of Civic;
commuting time; and
skilled and high-technology industries to the ACT.
- There will be three major employment
corridors that will ensure maximum use of existing
and upgraded transport infrastructure and minimise the journey
- An east-west
corridor of activity nodes from Belconnen,
through Bruce (including the University of Canberra)
and the Australian National University at Acton, Civic,
Russell, Campbell, Barton and Parkes through to Fyshwick,
the Canberra International Airport and Queanbeyan.
This corridor includes major education institutions,
health and sporting facilities and key office employment
locations in Civic, and the Central National Area.
It also includes the significant centre of Fyshwick.
- A primary north-south
corridor characterised by a series
of well connected nodes, from Gungahlin Town Centre,
including Mitchell, through to Dickson, Civic, Deakin
and the Woden and Tuggeranong Town Centres.
- A second north-south
corridor along the Majura and
Monaro Highways, from Majura Valley through to Symonston
and the Jerrabomberra Valley, including the existing
Hume industrial area. This corridor is identified for
the growth of industrial, broadacre commercial, tourism,
recreation and transport related activities when additional
land is required (ie, over the medium to long term).
This largely industrial area also intersects with the
Canberra International Airport and Fyshwick, providing
good access to these areas for heavy vehicles without
the need to travel through the centre of Canberra.
- To encourage a more
sustainable urban form, a mix of land uses will be
encouraged in areas that have been previously dominated by single
land uses. This will include residential development within the
Barton and Russell areas and along Northbourne Avenue
to complement the employment provided in this area.
will be provided in a range of locations for premises
of different types, sizes and costs to meet the needs of various
sectors of the economy. This will include in strategic
locations facilitating co-location of complementary businesses
and research centres.
- Sufficient land will be released in Civic
to meet demand for office space and encourage greater employment
growth in the central city area.
- Initiate a variation to the
Territory Plan and pursue amendments to the National Capital
Plan to ensure that the three employment corridors reflect
their strategic role.
- Develop a retail strategy to provide
the necessary flexibility in retailing within the ACT and
reflect changing retail patterns.
- Further investigations will
be undertaken to identify in detail potential land for industrial
and related employment purposes in the corridor along the
Monaro Highway in Jerrabomberra, Symonston and Majura.
Employment growth focused in Civic, town centres and activity
Maximised clustering effect of similar or complementary industries.
- Office vacancy rates in Civic and the town
centres compared with other activity nodes.
- Office floor space in Civic and town centres
as proportion of total ACT.
- Retail floorspace in Civic, town centres and
activity nodes as proportion of total retail floorspace in ACT
- Changes in industrial floorspace in activity
nodes and industrial areas.
- The number of jobs in Civic and the town centres
as a proportion of total.
- The number of jobs in each activity node relative
to jobs in the town centres and Civic.
- Retail vacancies in Civic compared with town