||Maintain a unique sense
|The National Capital
OBJECTIVE — Support
Canberra’s role as the national capital
As the national capital, Canberra is the symbolic
heart of Australia. It represents Australian society, culture and
diversity, and the attitudes of the nation. The buildings and physical
elements of the city are important to the character of the national
capital, as is the significance of the city in the hearts and minds
of all Australians. The landscape setting of the ACT has also been
a central element of Canberra’s planning policy, establishing
Canberra’s image as the ‘bush capital’ and as
a garden city.
- Preserve landscape features that give the
national capital its character and setting.
- Key elements of
Walter Burley Griffin’s formally adopted
plan for Canberra will be respected and reinforced within the
proposed urban settlement pattern.
- Approaches and backdrops
to the city and its national institutions (shown on Map
10 — Areas of National Capital Significance) will be enhanced and
strengthened. The Central National Area as defined by the National
Capital Plan will be enhanced and strengthened with life brought
into the area by allowing housing in areas where office employment
- Open space between urban areas will be conserved
as visual separation buffers as indicated in the landscape
- Areas that are identified as the rural setting
surrounding the city will be retained.
- Key vistas will be retained
within new settlement areas.
- The ‘garden city’ principles
will be retained, with urban open space within districts protected.
- Preserve the Territory’s bush capital
image by continuing to protect hills, ridges and gullies, watercourses
and major water features (including the urban lakes) from urban
development through the National Capital Plan and the Territory
Plan. All areas indicated as landscape setting and rural setting
in the Spatial Plan will be appropriately protected through
amendments to the National Capital Plan and variations to the
- Working with the National Capital Authority,
the Territory will limit any undesirable effects of urban growth
and change on key elements of the national capital and of Walter
Burley Griffin’s plan.
- Working with the National Capital
Authority, the Territory will identify any required amendments
to the National Capital Plan to allow mixed land uses in the
Central National Area so that residential development can occur
in appropriate locations adjacent to, and within, major employment
- Create a clear sense of arrival into the
Territory from the major approach routes, including the gateway
through Majura Road. Clear entry statements will be established
(the treatment of which will need to be determined). The city’s approach
routes will be protected, including those outside the ACT borders,
as far as possible from inappropriate ad hoc development by
providing enough development opportunities in more appropriate
locations to satisfy market demand and through agreements with
NSW State and Local Governments.
Unique national capital elements protected while enabling growth
The bush capital image preserved.
The ‘garden city’ principles
Hills, ridges and gullies protected as part of the landscape
setting of Canberra.
Entry into the national capital more clearly marked.
- Hectares of hills, ridges and gullies managed
as open space.
- Number of people living in the Central National
- Feedback from Canberrans and visitors about
the importance of Canberra as the national capital (particularly
through National Capital Authority surveys).