FOI 21-023 2021 Estimates: Belconnen Bikeway

Bollard barrier, Belconnen Bikeway, Belconnen, ACT

The 2021 Estimates for ACT Transport were held before the Standing Committee On Planning, Transport And City Services on the 4 March 2021. The significance of Freedom of Information request (FOI) 21-023 is that it provides more detail information than the Transcript Of Evidence from the 2021 Estimates. This is a subtle but important difference. The notes include interesting information about Belconnen Bikeway and more.

Not yet completed

At the 2016 ACT Election, ACT Labor promised upgrades to the active travel infrastructure in Belconnen. Funding was provided after the election for the Belconnen Bikeway. This project was later reduced in scope and now broken up into three separate projects.

  • The “Belconnen Bikeway” is now just the bit along Emu Bank and was completed in November 2020.
  • The new path between Belconnen Art Centre and the lake including a bridge will be finished in 2021.
  • The missing link along Benjamin way has been dropped for now due to lack of funding.

The 2018-19 ACT Budget provided $10.45 million over three financial years as part of the Town Centre Active Travel New Works Program, of which $6.7 million has been spent on the Belconnen Bikeway itself.

One section of the Belconnen Bikeway along Benjamin Way is still in doubt. The CBR Cycle Route C5 from Aranda along Benjamin Way will join at Emu Bank (see last photo below).

ACT Labor 2016 Election Belconnen Bikeway

Belconnen Town Centre – Active Travel Works (2018 – 2020)

Extracts from FOI 21-023 (the file can be download below).

Cleared as complete and accurate: 24/02/2021
Cleared by: Executive Group Manager
Contact Officer name: Jeremy Smith
Lead Directorate: Transport Canberra and City Services


There are three project parts:

Part A – Belconnen bikeway: Design and construction of a dedicated bikeway in the Belconnen Town Centre from Coulter Drive, along Joynton Smith, Emu Bank, Aikman Drive and College Street to Haydon Drive.

Part B – Benjamin Way protected bikeway: Design and construction of a protected bikeway along Benjamin Way from Emu Bank to College Street and improving pedestrian access and amenity in the adjacent public realm.

Part C – Belconnen Arts Centre foreshore path: Design and construction of a shared cycle and pedestrian path that will connect the commercial precinct to the east of the Arts Centre to the public parkland to the west and will complete the missing link in the Lake
Ginninderra foreshore path.


The 2018-19 ACT Budget provided $10.45 million over three financial years as part of the Town Centre Active Travel New Works Program.


Part A – Belconnen bikeway:
Construction of the Bikeway from the Coulter Drive through to Haydon Drive was completed in late November 2020. The Bikeway is now open to the public.

Part B – Benjamin Way protected bikeway:
Tender documentation was finalised in January 2021. Final review is required to complete the detailed design stage, this is anticipated to be complete March 2021. The budget allocated to construct the Benjamin Way protected bikeway was reallocated to the Belconnen Bikeway project in early 2019 to enable its construction.

Part C – Belconnen Arts Centre foreshore path:
Construction commenced on site November 2020 and remains scheduled to be completed in June 2021.

How much did the Belconnen Bikeway cost?

Update 5 August 2021 Belconnen Bikeway Project Costs

Part 2C Capital Works, TCCS 2019-2020 Annual Report, 255.

Building a better city – Active Travel – Belconnen bikeway
Revised pratical completion date: Sep 2018
Total expenditure: $250,000
Comment: likely design work

Part 2C Government Contracting, TCCS 2019-2020 Annual Report, 268.

Belconnen bikeway – superintendency
Contractor: Cardno Pty Ltd
Value: $197,162.40
Period 24/7/2019 to 1/7/2021

Belconnen bikeway – construction
Contractor: Cord Civi Pty Ltd
Value: $6,218,631.36
Period 9/9/2019 to 9/7/2021

Total project cost: $6,665,793.76

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