The recently published Heritage@Risk World report by ICOMOS on Monuments and Sites in danger features an article about the Lake Burley Griffin and Lakeshore Landscape. The article speaks for itself with West Basin the main concern. It can be accessed at:
http://www.icomos.org/en/116- english-categories/resources/ publications/8766-heritage-at- risk-special-edition-2014-2015 .
Lake Burley Griffin Guardians have been working hard to get some focus on the appalling development proposals planned for West Basin that will obliterate a park and block vistas from the north side of Commonwealth Avenue, Australia’s iconic route to Parliament.
West Basin in 1964 showing the alignment of the extant lake and the horseshoe shape of the Basin (Source: Clough, R. 1964 Fully Filled West Basin from Air from above Australian National University (ANU) 1964, Canberra. The National Library of Australia)
Infill to extend into the lake twice the distance of the jetty in background. Apartment blocks to be built over a third of the infill covering the entire park.
About The Author
The Lake Burley Griffin Guardians were formed at a meeting on 5th February 2015. We are a non-profit community group committed to safeguarding one of Canberra’s greatest treasures, the open space of Lake Burley Griffin and its lakeshore landscape setting.