Bell arrival at Aspen Island, Kings Park, February 2020.
Photographed by Dom Northcott
Since Federation successive Australian Governments have supported the dream that our young nation could have a capital which represented our unity as a people and which could stand proudly in the ranks of National Capitals throughout the world.
In 1989, following the introduction of self government to the Australian Capital Territory, the National Capital Authority (initially called the National Capital Planning Authority) was established to represent the Commonwealth's interest in the planning and development of the National Capital.
The Authority performs a custodial role ensuring the unique heritage and culture of Canberra are maintained through its planning and land management as well as through its construction and restoration programs.
Scrivener Dam release, March 2021.
Photographed by Evolve Timelapse.
The Commonwealth looks to maximise returns on the Australian people's substantial investment in the National Capital and requires the asset to be properly managed, maintained and its value reinforced.
The National Capital Authority is responsible for ensuring the full range of functions to maintain, enhance and promote the national qualities of the National Capital are performed for the Commonwealth on behalf of the Australian people.
The Authority's role of fostering awareness of Canberra as the National Capital is also developing as a major focus for the future, with the goal to build the National Capital in the hearts of all Australians.
The National Capital Authority seeks to do this by creating an enduring capital which is relevant to all Australians and which is recognised as a place for important events and ceremonies.
A National Capital is never "complete". The Authority will continue to develop the National Capital in a way that will ensure its relevance, not just for today but for all time.
Acknowledgement of Country
Our work is on the land of the Ngunnawal People, Ngunnawal Country. We pay our respects to their Elders – past, present and emerging.