East Lake Urban Renewal

East Lake is the area bounded by Kingston Foreshore, Jerrabomberra Wetlands and the Fyshwick mixed-use industrial area. The area was first identified in the 2004 Canberra Spatial Plan as an area for possible future urban intensification. Since then the Government has undertaken a range of preliminary planning investigations in consultation with the community and key stakeholders.

The 2018 Planning Strategy continues to identify the area for urban growth. Urban renewal in this area provides a significant opportunity to support Canberra’s growing population and transition towards a more compact, efficient, diverse, sustainable, resilient, liveable and accessible city.

Current activity

We are continuing the planning and environmental assessments needed to inform future urban renewal in the East Lake precinct.

Over the next two years, we will continue early investigations that focus on further environmental and technical studies to inform the scope of this renewal. The investigations will concentrate on the area between the railway corridor and the Jerrabomberra Wetlands.

The Development Application (DA) has now been lodged for the removal of Newcastle House and associated structures and services (from Block 2 Section 38 Fyshwick). View the application here. Comments close 11 September 2020.

We would like to assure you that the future of 'Cargill’s Cottage' will be addressed in the planning for East Lake precinct, in consultation with the community and key stakeholders.

Residents, businesses and other stakeholders in this area are being kept informed of project progress and next steps. Find out more:

More information will be released on this page as it becomes available. To join the mailing list for information about urban renewal in the East Lake precinct please email epsddcomms@act.gov.au.

Investigation area

The following aerial photo of central Canberra, including the suburbs of Kingston and Fyshwick, shows the East Lake preliminary planning study area and the area where current site investigations are being done between the railway and the wetlands.

This aerial photo shows the East Lake preliminary planning study area and the area of current site investigations.

Previous planning

Previous preliminary planning for East Lake explored opportunities for sustainable development that provides for a mix of housing and high-quality open space, biodiversity conservation, transport and community facilities.

This was supported by a range of investigations including environmental, geotechnical, heritage, transport, railway master planning, tree assessment and a wide range of other reports undertaken by independent expert consultants and a partnership with the CSIRO.

Draft plans were subsequently released for community engagement between 2007 and 2010 to show how the area could be developed in the future:

Previous community engagement

Previous community engagement involved working with a stakeholder reference group, public information displays, collaborative workshops, forums and online surveys. Overall, the community showed support for East Lake to be delivered as a sustainable urban renewal project, with some issues remaining to be resolved in the future at the detailed planning and design stage. Copies of the previous consultation reports can be found at the below links: