Project status: In Progress


Project Update and Next Steps

Consistent with the Coombs and North Coombs Estate Development Plans, and the Coombs Landscape Strategy, a Play Space is currently being planned for Edgeworth Parade, adjacent to Holden’s Creek Pond. It is intended to be an inclusive play space with something of interest for all ages as well as visitors to Holden’s Creek Pond and the Molonglo River Corridor.

To inform the draft design of the Play Space, the Suburban Land Agency (SLA) engaged with the community through both face-to-face and digital methods in order to understand what facilities and play elements the Play Space should consider and how it should look and feel.

A draft design incorporating that feedback was then brought back to the community in early 2019. The design responded to the natural setting of Holden’s Creek Pond through the use of a sympathetic pallet of materials and colours, in addition to appropriate fencing and barriers to Edgeworth Parade and the Pond. The design was overseen by Transport Canberra and City Services who provided in-principle support to the concept.

Following the release of the draft design, further feedback was received from the community. In response, the SLA updated its Active Living Map and commissioned two reports between March and June 2019 which re-investigated the planning principles behind the proposed Play Space and reviewed the provision of toilet facilities in the Molonglo Valley.

While these independent reports are an important part of the planning and design process, they are by no means influenced by the SLA, nor are their findings considered to be a position of the SLA. In the interests of transparency, these reports are provided below and the feedback to date on them has been carefully reviewed.

With these reports now complete, and in light of ongoing community feedback the SLA has appointed Communication Link to develop and undertake the Stage 2 Engagement which will engage key organisations, community representative groups and individual community members through face-to-face meetings, events, localised door-knocking and online platforms over a six-week period between August and October 2019.

The engagement program will gather and record additional feedback from interested stakeholders on the proposed size, scale and inclusions in the new Coombs Play Space at Holden’s Creek Pond.

How can you provide input?

There are many ways you can provide your feedback on the draft design of the Coombs Play Space at Holden’s Creek Pond to Communication Link between now and Friday 4 October 2019.

  • Visit Communication Link at one of our four community pop up events:
    • Community BBQ at Edgeworth Parade
      3:30pm - 5:30pm on Monday 26 August 2019
    • North Coombs Park reveal
      Telfer Street, North Coombs - 2:00pm - 4:00pm on Saturday 7 September 2019
    • Community BBQ at Stromlo Cottage
      3:30pm - 5:30pm on Monday 16 September 2019
    • Molonglo Valley Markets at Stromlo Cottage
      10:00am - 2:00pm on Sunday 29 September 2019

Participate in an after hours community workshop and site walk through (RSVPs essential by emailing

    • Monday evening 16 September 2019*
    • Saturday morning 21 September 2019*
  • Write directly to Communication Link at
  • Complete their online survey on this page – details coming soon.
  • Keep a look out for Communication Link staff who will be popping out to the location occasionally to take feedback from people using or passing through the Holden’s Creek Pond area.

Invite Communication Link to come and speak with your community organisation if you and your members would like to know more about the project or would like to provide feedback as a representative group. Please email Communication Link so they can get in touch with you.

*Exact times and locations will be updated on this page as the program progresses

The formal feedback engagement period closes on Friday 4 October 2019, so please ensure you engage with them before then. For a full Communication Link Public Engagement Plan, and other documents, see the document library below.

Upon completion, Communication Link will provide comprehensive independent advice back to the SLA, prior to the SLA finalising a design and proceeding to the approval and construction phase.

Project updates

To stay up to date with the new Coombs Play Space at Holden's Creek Pond visit the Suburban Land Agency website and Facebook.

About Coombs

Coombs is located on the eastern side of the Molonglo Valley's main arterial road, John Gorton Drive.

With a cleverly designed layout, residents of Coombs enjoy the best of both worlds - a tranquil place to live with magnificent views of the surrounding mountains, and easy connection to facilities that support a thriving community.

Coombs is also Canberra’s doorstep to nature, and is surrounded by walking trails, the Molonglo River, bike paths and parks. A fitness circuit with high quality equipment has also been created to make exercise convenient and fun. The 25 fitness stations support flexibility, strength, cardio and balance and are easily accessed by residents of Coombs and Wright with stations dispersed across both suburbs.

To find out more, head to the Suburban Land Agency website here.

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