Age Friendly Suburbs Program


Page last reviewed 08 Feb 2024

Project description

The Age Friendly Suburbs Program started in 2015-16. It involves improvements to the path network to provide better access. The focus of the Program is on access for the aged community and those with more specific mobility needs. But we know these improvements benefit all Canberrans.

To date improvements have been delivered in 12 suburbs. You can find more details on the previous projects page.

A further four suburbs have been added to the program. They are Chifley, O’Connor, Reid and Scullin.

The ACT Government identified improvements through Fix My Street data and site visits. We also talked to community groups including Council of the Ageing. The community helped prioritise improvements for further investigation in these suburbs in October 2022. See YourSay for more information on the consultation.

Below are the locations identified for delivery.

  • 160 metre long and 1.5 metre wide concrete path including a new kerb ramp connecting Riley Close with the main path network running from Gungahlin Drive to the Tuggeranong Parkway (NCA approval required).
  • 88 metre long and 1.5 metre wide concrete path linking to the main community route near the open space between Anderson Drive and the Hindmarsh Drive/Melrose Drive intersection. This includes 40 metres of new path and reconstruction of an existing 48 metres of path located on Anderson Street. Includes three kerb ramps. Completed.
  • 60 metre long and 1.5 metre wide concrete path including one new kerb ramp connecting Lyle Close with the main path network running from Gungahlin Drive to the Tuggeranong Parkway (NCA approval required).
  • 68 metre long and 1.5 metre wide concrete path and kerb ramps linking to the local community route at the open space behind the Plunkett Street and Maclaurin Crescent intersection. Completed.
  • 80 metre long and 1.5 metre wide concrete path including one new kerb ramp connecting D’Arcy Place with the main path network running from Gungahlin Drive to the Tuggeranong Parkway (NCA approval required).
  • Demolition of the four metre long damaged concrete path on Eggleston Crescent, adjacent to the Coghlan Street intersection, to discourage unsafe crossing. Area to be replaced with topsoil and grassing. Completed.
  • 41 metre long and 1.5 metre wide concrete path following a desire line through the open space adjacent to the MacFarland Crescent/ Eggleston Crescent intersection and linking to existing community route. Completed.
  • New pedestrian refuge (concrete median cut-out) near the MacFarland Crescent/Eggleston Crescent intersection and two kerb ramp upgrades. Completed.
  • 40 metre long and 1.5 metre wide concrete path following the desire line in the open space adjacent to the MacFarland Crescent/Waldock Street intersection. This will create a link between the main and local community routes. Completed.
  • Reconstruction of two existing kerb ramps and construction of two new kerb ramps, new linemarking, concrete path upgrades and relocation of the existing seat at the Chifley local shops carpark. Completed.

For more information see the Chifley site works plan (PDF 4.3 MB).

  • 135 metre long and 1.5 metre wide concrete path and new kerb ramps from the end of Bluebell Lane to the Moorhouse Street/Pedder Street intersection next to the O’Connor Oval. Completed.
  • 405 metre long and 1.5 metre wide concrete path to replace the existing damaged path along the south side of the parklands from Miller Street to Busby Street. This will also include minor repairs to section of concrete path running through the amphitheatre section and upgrade of three existing bench seats (subject to Heritage approval).

For more information see the O'Connor site works plan (PDF 1.8 MB).

  • 55 metre long and 1.5 metre wide concrete path, through the open space between Barlow Street and Levien Street, past the Levien Street playground. This replaces an existing path. Also includes kerb ramps and the relocation of park benches.
  • 36 metre long and 1.5 metre wide concrete path. This path will be located in the open space between the Hargrave Street playground and the Broadsmith Street/Hargrave Street intersection.
  • 100 metre long and 1.5 metre wide concrete path. This path will link the Southern Cross Drive underpass and the Southern Cross Drive/Ross Smith Crescent intersection.
  • 62 metre long and 1.5 metre wide concrete path. This formalises a desire line through the open space between Kingsford Smith Drive and the Hinkler Street/Ulm Street intersection.
  • 38 metre long and 1.5 metre wide concrete path and pedestrian refuge at the intersection of Mackinolty Street and Ross Smith Crescent. Replaces the existing non-compliant infrastructure.
  • 11 metre long and 1.5 metre wide concrete path on Chewings Street nearby house numbers 37 and 38.
  • 80 metre long and 1.5 metre wide concrete path. This formalises a desire line connecting the Frewin Place carpark with Belconnen Way.

For more information see the Scullin site works plan (PDF 3.1 MB).

Please note: the below sites have been amended following the initial release of final locations in July 2023. The concrete paths through Dirrawan and Gerrilong gardens were removed after additional community feedback was received on their inclusion against their construction.

All of the below locations were subject to and have received ACT Heritage approval.

  • Repair/replace the existing concrete path at the post-box on Currong Street (nearby house number 14).
  • Upgrade the existing paths and kerb ramps at the intersection of Currong and Coranderrk streets to current standards.
  • Upgrade the concrete pavement and connecting paths at two existing bus stops on Gooreen Street between Allambee and Corranderrk streets.
  • Upgrade the concrete pavement and connecting paths at bus stop on Euree Street between Currong and Elimatta streets.
  • Provide a new concrete path connection and associated kerb ramps across Amaroo Street, connecting to the existing path through the carpark at St John the Baptist's Anglican Church.
  • Replacement of two bus stops, including concrete paving and path connections on Currong Street before/after ANZAC Park (bus route 55).
  • 10 metre long and 1.2 metre wide concrete path and two new kerb ramps nearby house numbers 13 and 15 on Booroondara Street.
  • 12 metre long and 1.2 metre wide concrete path and two new kerb ramps nearby house numbers 42 and 44 on Booroondara Street.

For more information see the Reid site works plan (PDF 2.2 MB).

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