Acton Peninsula Precinct Draft Structure Plan

Consultation on the Acton Peninsula Precinct Draft Structure Plan was undertaken between 2 May and 13 June 2017.

The Acton Peninsula Precinct Draft Structure Plan proposes a long-term plan and vision for this important area in central Canberra.

Acton Peninsula is being re-imagined to become an internationally recognised precinct where education, culture and the public meet to celebrate Australia’s national identity and respect Canberra’s local heritage. We want to create a place which encourages the exchange of ideas and is attractive for everyone, a place which can be used for a wide range of activities and stimulates economic investment and growth. 

This area has not been examined since the mid-1990s when planning policy was changed to facilitate development of the National Museum. Acton Peninsula and the institutions play a significant local, national and international role for Canberra. The National Capital Authority (NCA) has worked collaboratively with the National Museum of Australia (NMA), the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS), Australian National University (ANU) and the ACT Government to develop this plan. 

What is the draft structure plan?

The draft structure plan sets the principles for Acton Peninsula and provides a clear direction on the physical organisation and future character of the peninsula. The draft structure plan provides a cohesive and long-term framework for future detailed planning and design.

Key proposals of the draft structure plan

The Acton Peninsula Precinct Draft Structure Plan intends to: 

  • deliver world-class core functions of education and museum facilities that exceed the expectations of a domestic and international population of visitors and employees
  • reaffirm Acton Peninsula as one of Canberra’s premier gathering places by creating an exciting, connected, active and vibrant precinct that focuses visitors, educators and researchers on Australia’s culture and intellectual capital.

The key proposals include:

  • improved the access routes into Acton Peninsula and reorganise the street network to achieve more permeability
  • consolidated carparking into a central area, with some convenient on-street parking
  • new links with the pedestrian and cycle network from West Basin, central Canberra and ANU, all the way around the Peninsula
  • consolidated built form into key areas and develop active frontages to the public domain
  • creating open spaces around the buildings that are flexible, that can be used day and night for a variety of activities and experiences
  • a consistent approach to the use of materials and landscaping, incorporating references to the history of Acton Peninsula. 


We asked what you thought about:

  • the proposed street network and new pedestrian and cycle network – will they help improve your access to the peninsula?
  • the consolidation of car-parking into one area to reclaim public space – is this the best approach?
  • the consolidation of any new buildings into defined areas of a set height that is in proportion to the surrounds and preserves views – what do you think about these principles?
  • developing a mix of large and small public spaces for a range of active and passive recreation – what kind of spaces would you use?

How feedback was collected.

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What happens next?

Community consultation was open for six weeks and ended at midnight on Tuesday 13 June 2017

Feedback is now being collated and reviewed. A summary of this will be made publicly available. The draft plan will be updated and then go to the National Capital Authority’s board for approval. 

The Acton Peninsula Precinct Structure plan will be incorporated into the National Capital Plan as an amendment. As standard practice, there is public consultation on any amendments to the NCP, so there will be a further opportunity for the community to provide feedback.  

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