Project status: In progress


How you had YourSay:

A preliminary plan for the Dickson Section 72 site was presented at a community workshop on 16 November 2018.

This draft is now being refined further and will be presented for further community feedback in early 2019.

An image of the timeline for the project. The next steps are a preliminary EDP to be presented for further feedback and refinement.

Early 2018

Earlier this year, we heard from inner north residents, the wider Canberra community, and stakeholders about their aspirations for Dickson. You can find out more information on what we heard from stage 1 of engagement in the Stage 1 Engagement Report and Stakeholder Workshop outcomes.

The first stage of engagement told us there is support for people to live in an area close to the services at the Dickson group centre. There was also support for more community facilities in the inner north.

Mid 2018

Following feedback from the first stage of engagement, two design scenarios were developed that show how the future of Dickson Section 72 might take shape.

A second stage of engagement looked at feedback on these scenarios and how best to shape future land uses and public space. You can read the outcomes of this engagement in the Listening Report

We're also coordinating with other key projects in the inner north, including the Dickson Place Making Implementation Plan by the City Renewal Authority.

Late 2018

Building on what we heard in Stage 2, a draft concept design was prepared and tested in community design workshops focusing on the desired urban design and landscape design outcomes for the precinct. The design team are now using feedback received on the draft design to prepare the draft Estate Development Plan.


In early 2019 a draft Estate Development Plan will be presented to the community for further feedback as well as a draft Territory Plan Variation proposal. The Government is committed to delivering a second Common Ground within an integrated urban renewal of Section 72 Dickson developed in consultation with the community.

We are looking at:

Dickson Section 72 has three vacant and disused sites, two of which are government owned (Block 6, Block 25) and one is privately leased (Block 22). The site is located close to the Dickson Town Centre, to public transport, schools, community facilities and employment hubs, which make it a site suitable for urban renewal.

The ACT Government has committed a new Common Ground to the area as well as some public and affordable housing. The much loved Dickson Pool will remain with no intention to relocate this facility. The community engagement is looking at how Section 72 can continue to support the community, enhance the area and deliver the ACT Government commitments for urban renewal.

Your views are being used to:

Your feedback is being used to guide detailed planning and design for the site, including an Estate Development Plan which will provide controls for any future development on the site, as well as designs for public realm and landscape upgrades.

Previous engagement

2014 & 2015

The current planning and engagement for Dickson Section 72 acknowledges and builds on key outcomes from previous community engagement undertaken in 2014 and 2015.

Previous messages from the community included:

  • Provide integrated precinct planning for Dickson Section 72, including planning and design controls;
  • Retain community facilities, trees and open spaces in the precinct;
  • Deliver integrated public spaces and walking and cycling network;
  • Investigate alternative funding models for public space upgrades; and
  • Understand the future demand for community facilities.


Stage 1

During Stage 1 engagement for Dickson Section 72, we have been talking with the community and leaseholders about opportunities and challenges that need to be considered for the future planning of the site. We have received helpful feedback through various engagement activities, such as a workshop, Info Kiosks, Meet the Planners sessions, emails and interactive online maps on YourSay, and a number of themes and priorities are emerging:

  • Residential uses: We have received support for sustainable, supportive and community housing, co-housing, public housing and housing for people to age-in-place. This support included feedback received via the interactive map on YourSay. The most popular comment on the site produced 138 likes for ‘great location for public housing’, with 24 people disliking any public housing within the site.
  • Active travel: People want to see walking and cycling prioritised over cars, as well as better walking and cycling infrastructure and connections into and through the site. Ideas include formalising the dirt track on the northern side of the drain, a new footbridge across the drain, widening existing shared paths, providing more lighting and traffic calming measures for Hawdon Place and Rosevear Place. The valuing of active travel infrastructure was highlighted in one of the top Social Pinpoint comments, which showed the bridge crossing Sullivan’s Creek and Hawdon Place for walking and cycling liked 37 times.
  • Community facilities and inclusive communities: Some responses show that people want to see existing community facilities protected and enhanced for current and future populations. Groups that were specifically mentioned included older and younger generations, and people experiencing disadvantage.
  • Green space and urban amenity: We have heard that the trees and landscape characteristics should be protected whilst providing more active and creative spaces, such as playgrounds, parks, community gardens and a central meeting point for social interaction. There have been some suggestions made by lessees to improve interfaces between existing and future facilities to improve integration, activate green space and create safer places and urban amenity.
  • Safety and Security: Some concerns have been raised about anti-social behaviour in the area, including vandalism of buildings and some physical attacks due to the underutilisation of areas within the precinct and an associated lack of ‘eyes on the street’ and activity. This issue has been raised with mixed feedback. A Social Pinpoint comment that makes a reference to future social housing causing anti-social housing had 35 people supporting this idea while 16 people did not support this idea.
  • Parking: Some suggestions have been made to improve the quantity and configuration of parking on Rosevear Place, Hawdon Place and surface parking at the pool. Parking provision during future stages of development has been raised. Some people would also like to see less parking to encourage more walking and cycling. This mixed response is shown in a Social Pinpoint comment referring to insufficient parking for the site only receiving 4 likes but receiving 30 dislikes.
  • Density: Key messages received relate to integrating development into the landscape and tree line of the precinct (‘City in the Landscape’ character) with preferably low-rise, medium density development with active interfaces to the public places.
  • 1,262 people via YourSay
  • 203 individuals and 8 leaseholders during ‘Meet the Planner Sessions’, ‘Info Kiosks’ and one on one meetings with leaseholders
  • 16 community workshop participants
  • 400 brochures and posters distributed at local shopping centres and streets bordering the site
  • social media audience of almost 960 individuals
  • 20 emails with written feedback or submissions.
Technical Summary:

While we have been talking with the community about Dickson Section 72, we have also been undertaking planning work. Our planning work draws upon a range of technical and background studies to support challenges and opportunities analysis and forward planning for the precinct. Key findings include:

  • Infrastructure and contamination - a sewer upgrade will be required to support any future development; stormwater feasibility work (subject to confirmation of proposed development); contamination investigation work is ongoing.
  • Ecological - there are no areas of environmental significance or triggers under Commonwealth or ACT environmental legislation within the study area.
  • Traffic and parking - any new development within the Dickson Section 72 precinct is likely to trigger the need to upgrade the Rosevear Place and/or Hawdon Place intersections with Antill Street, further short-term parking allocations should be considered for the precinct; cycle and pedestrian paths will require improvements and/or upgrades.
  • Tree Assessment - the precinct is home to over 690 trees of varying health and quality, mostly comprising species from the Eucalyptus, Pinus, Quercus, Platanus and Ulmus families.
  • Heritage - no registered heritage places or objects are recorded within Dickson Section 72.
  • Community Facilities - existing facilities may need to be upgraded and new facilities developed incrementally to support current and future populations.

Stage 2

Two design scenarios were developed based on feedback from the first stage of engagement. These scenarios propose various levels of residential development, public realm and landscape upgrades. Read the stage two engagement report.

Environment, Planning and Sustainable Development Directorate’s (EPSDD) planning and engineering consultants are preparing a Draft Estate Development Plan (EDP) that will reflect previous engagement outcomes and community feedback on the draft Planning and Design Scenarios.

Stage 3

In early 2019 a draft EDP will be provided to community members for further feedback. The design will then be refined and submitted as a Development Application. In parallel to this process, a Draft Variation to the Territory Plan will be prepared. This will propose land use policy changes for the precinct that reflect the outcomes of engagement, as well as any necessary technical considerations.

One the EDP is submitted as a DA there will be statutory consultation (public notification) of the Draft Variation to the Territory Plan and the EDP Development Application (DA).

Onsite Activities

Notice of site activities

As part of the urban renewal of Section 72 Dickson, the Environment Planning and Sustainable Development Directorate (EPSDD) is undertaking a detailed survey for Section 72 Dickson and surrounds.

What does the work involve?

EPSDD consultants will be on site to undertake a detailed topographic survey of Section 72 Dickson and surrounds including trees, utilities (such as gas, sewer, water and electrical), roads, paths and general land surveying. The works are unlikely to generate any dust or noise.

Why is it being done?

The survey information is needed to inform future detailed planning, engineering, infrastructure and landscape design on Government land as part of the urban renewal of Section 72 Dickson.

When is it happening?

The survey is scheduled to start mid-September 2018 and take around six weeks.

How will it affect me?

The surveyors will generally not be surveying private properties, however they may require access to locate underground services. Some temporary traffic management arrangements may be required while the surveyors are working near Cowper and Antill Street, Rosevear and Hawdon Place; however this is expected to be completed outside peak traffic periods.

What else is happening on site?

Demolition of the Government owned buildings is also progressing on Block 6 (former CFMEU site). This is expected to commence in early 2019 subject to development application approval.

For more information about site activities

If you have any questions, please call Access Canberra on 13 22 81 and ask to speak to EPSDD Urban Renewal or email