The National Capital Authority (NCA) undertakes asset management of some of the national capital's most culturally significant landscapes and national attractions on behalf of the Commonwealth of Australia, including:
- Acton Peninsula
- Anzac Parade and its memorials
- Australians of the Year Walk
- Commonwealth and Kings Parks, including Blundells Cottage, Boundless Playground and the National Carillon
- Commonwealth Place
- Diplomatic Missions
- Lake Burley Griffin including the Captain Cook Memorial and Scrivener Dam
- Lindsay Pryor National Arboretum
- Magna Carta Place
- National Capital Exhibition
- National Rock Garden
- National Rose Gardens
- National Triangle (excluding the Parliamentary Precincts)
- Native grasslands of Yarramundi Reach
- Old Parliament House Gardens
- Peace Park
- Reconciliation Place
- R G Menzies Walk
- Stirling Park (Gura Bung Dhaura)
- Surveyor's Hut
- Yarramundi Reach and
- Areas under Conservation Land Management
The NCA aims to ensure that maintenance and repair of these national assets are consistent with their design intent and support the objectives of the National Capital Plan.
The NCA seeks to ensure that design and construction respond to the practical needs of the National Capital, and that full life-cycle costs are considered in the development stages. Most assets are maintained under competitively tendered contracts.
Memorials, fountains and artworks
Management of national memorials, fountains and artworks involves the care of key features within landscape areas of the National Capital.
The NCA manages and maintains more than 100 structures throughout the city, including:
- The memorials on Anzac Parade
- The memorials and artworks in Commonwealth Park and Kings Park
- Australian American Memorial and Sir Thomas Blamey Square
- Captain Cook Memorial
- Centenary of the Age Pension Commemoration
- HMAS Canberra Memorial
- King George V Memorial
- Merchant Navy Memorial
- National Emergency Services Memorial
- National Police Memorial
- National Workers Memorial
- Indian Ocean Tsunami Memorial
- The Centenary of Women's Suffrage Commemorative Fountain
The NCA has set maintenance standards and benchmarks for the management of these significant assets, taking into account their intrinsic artistic and heritage values.
National Capital Estate Management
The NCA is the custodian of some of the nation's most significant cultural landscapes, including the Old Parliament House Gardens, the National Rose Garden, Kings and Commonwealth Parks, the native grasslands of Yarramundi and the remnant woodland on Stirling Ridge. The maintenance of these areas is contracted to several private sector firms.
Some of these areas are heavily utilised for events and ceremonies.
Buildings and civil infrastructure maintenance
NCA buildings on National Land include the Regatta Point building, Commonwealth Place, the National Carillon and Blundells Cottage, as well as leased premises such Commonwealth Place East, Waters Edge Restaurant, the Medical Superintendent’s House and Limestone House buildings at Acton Peninsula and the Commonwealth Park Depot. Minor structures include public toilets, bus shelters and barbecues.
Civil infrastructure assets are maintained through a managing contractor arrangement – BGIS. These assets include roads, car parks, bridges, storm water systems, street lighting, pumping systems, and the Captain Cook Memorial. In addition, signs, park features and play equipment are also managed and maintained.
Lake Burley Griffin
The NCA protects the quality of the water and promotes greater use of the Lake, within heritage management guidelines.
Lake Burley Griffin and Scrivener Dam are managed and maintained through service delivery contracts competitively tendered.
A licensing and charging scheme for the abstraction of water for irrigation was introduced on 1 July 2001. This is in accord with the reforms to water management in Australia under the 1994 Council of Australian Governments agreement.
The fish management program for the lake comprises biennial monitoring of the fish population and stocking of fish. The native fish population in the Lake is enhanced through the regular seeding of fingerlings. Species such as Murray Cod and Golden Perch are released on an alternate basis to maintain a mixed recreational fishery.
Aquatic plants, though serving an important role in the Lake's ecology, can interfere with recreational activities. The NCA monitors and controls excessive plant growth in the Lake.
As part of the Lake's environmental management, water is routinely tested for physical, chemical and biological characteristics and analysed for compliance with the National Water Quality Guidelines (Australian and New Zealand Guidelines for Fresh and Marine Water Quality 2000). This testing includes regular sampling from the centre of the Lake at designated points, weekly visual inspections for algae throughout the year and weekly microbiological (bacteria) and algal sampling and analysis from on recreational sites during the Summer Recreational Season (mid October to mid April). The weekly Lake Burley Griffin Water Quality updates can be found through using the Swim Guide free app or website.