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National land management and use

Maintenance and operation of assets

The NCA undertakes asset manages some of the national capital's most culturally significant landscapes and national attractions on behalf of the Commonwealth of Australia, including:

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.

Memorials, fountains and artworks

Management of national memorials, fountains and artworks involves the care of key features within landscape areas of the National Capital. These include the memorials on Anzac Parade, King George V Memorial, the Federation Centenary Fountains, and memorials and artworks in Commonwealth Park and Kings Park. In all, the NCA manages and maintains more than 100 of these structures throughout the city.

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 Rose Gardens, the National Rose Garden, Kings and Commonwealth Parks, the native grasslands of Yarramundi and the remnant woodland on Stirling Ridge.

Some of these areas are heavily utilised for events and ceremonies.

Buildings and civil infrastructure maintenance

NCA buildings on National Land include the National Capital Exhibitionbuilding, Commonwealth Place, the National Carillon and Blundells Cottage, as well as leased premises such as the Lobby Restaurant, Commonwealth Place East Annex, 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 number of contractors. These assets include roads, car parks, bridges, storm water systems, street lighting, pumping systems, and the Captain Cook Memorial Jet. In addition, signs, park features and play equipment are also managed and maintained.

Lake Burley Griffin

Lake Burley Griffin (the Lake) is the centrepiece to the setting of the National Capital. Administration of the Lake is governed by the Lakes Ordinance 1976.

The NCA protects the quality of the water and promotes greater use of the Lake, within heritage management guidelines.

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 here.

The NCA also administers powerboats, moorings, major events and various other matters associated with use of the Lake. More information about boating on Lake Burley Griffin can be found here.