The National Capital Authority (NCA) today released the findings from the National Capital Open Space System (NCOSS) review.
The NCOSS creates the landscape setting of Canberra. It occupies over 70 per cent of the Australian Capital Territory, and includes the hills, ridges, bushland and river corridors of which Canberra is renowned. The NCA manages and preserves the NCOSS through the National Capital Plan.
The review examined whether the existing planning framework for the NCOSS is appropriate in terms of efficient land use, meeting national sustainability objectives and providing a landscape setting for the National Capital.
The report provides ten recommendations describing ways to establish a framework for future reviews, greater promotion of the NCOSS, and better engage stakeholders in managing the values of the NCOSS.
NCA Chair, Ms Shelley Penn said the report will assist the NCA to protect this significant feature of Canberra for future generations.
'The report is the culmination of an extensive research project undertaken in conjunction with the University of Canberra and it represents the first comprehensive examination of the NCOSS since the early 1990s,' Ms Penn said.
'The concept of a network of open spaces providing multiple benefits to the territory community has stood the test of time, and the value of the NCOSS is increasingly recognised as it continues to play a symbolic role in the National Capital, while providing on-going ecological and social value to the community,' she said.
NCA Chief Executive, Mr Malcolm Snow said the NCA sought advice from the community in preparing the report.
'I would like to thank the community and members of the expert reference panel for their involvement in the review process,' Mr Snow said.
'We received valuable feedback from the community on what they valued in the NCOSS and how they believed these spaces should be used. The expert reference group assisted in identifying key issues and influences that impact on the NCOSS today.'
The expert reference group was chaired by Dr Dianne Firth, former head of Landscape Architecture, Faculty of Arts and Design, University of Canberra and a Director of LFA (ACT) Pty Ltd.
A hard copy of the report may be viewed at the NCA offices, Treasury Building, King Edward Terrace, Parkes ACT 2600.