ANU welcomes new vision for Acton Peninsula

2 May 2017

The Australian National University (ANU) has welcomed the new vision for Acton Peninsula precinct and encouraged staff and students to have their say during the community consultation period.

The draft plan was developed in close collaboration with the National Capital Authority (NCA) and the cultural and educational institutions on and around Acton Peninsula including ANU, the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS), the National Museum of Australia (NMA), and the ACT Government.

ANU Executive Director of Administration and Planning Chris Grange, who helped launch the draft plan, said it would help inform each institution's individual masterplans.

"Through this collective vision, the Peninsula Partners will have an overarching framework to guide future planning initiatives and allow us to explore these possibilities with the community, Mr Grange said.

"The transformation of the site is a long-term vision, to be realised in decades to come."

NCA Chief Executive Malcolm Snow said that all the institutions had an exciting long-term vision for the peninsula which to be realised, needed a supporting urban design framework to ensure the proper development and management of the area.

"The outcome of this collaboration is an ambitious shared aspiration to create an internationally recognised precinct that showcases Australia's national identity and innovation capacity," said Mr Snow.

"This draft plan is the first step in starting a meaningful conversation with the community to seek their views on ideas to improve the quality of the public spaces on and around the peninsula and boost its potential as a place that supports exchange in all its forms.

"Globally, cities seeking to boost their competitiveness are recognising the economic and social value of harnessing the potential of their institutional assets.

Community consultation will be open for six weeks and ends at midnight on Tuesday 13 June 2017.

Public information drop-in sessions with NCA planning staff will be held from 11am to 2pm on Thursday 18 May, Saturday 20 May and Tuesday 23 May at the National Museum of Australia.

The draft plan and information about how to provide feedback is available on the NCA's website at