The national capital is one of Australia's greatest assets. As the seat of Government, the city is a vital part of the nation's history and an important visitor destination.
Yet Canberra has not realised its full potential. The landscapes and monuments are not matched by a cosmopolitan lifestyle expected of such an important national and international centre. Parts of the city give a glimpse of the grand civic design envisaged by Walter Burley Griffin and Marion Mahony Griffin - of parks and boulevards, public buildings and monuments - but others are an anticlimax.
Urban development pressures and traffic threaten to diminish the capital's special qualities, to encroach on its leafy garden suburbs and erode its celebrated landscape setting.
It is time to look to the future. A far-sighted strategy is needed to ensure that the nation's capital in the 21st century realises its potential and can accommodate the best of contemporary urban development.
The NCA is providing the framework to complete Griffin's plan, outlined in the Griffin Legacy, released December 2004, with great support.