Mount Ainslie to have its future guided by the Commonwealth and ACT Governments

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SHANE Rattenbury and Minister for Territories Paul Fletcher have announced a national design competition to develop a landscape plan and interpretive strategy to guide the next 10 years of landscape development at Mount Ainslie.

“The Mount Ainslie summit is one of the most significant lookouts in Canberra,” Shane said.

“The Mount Ainslie summit is very popular, attracting tens of thousands of locals and visitors each year. It has several walking tracks and is the seventh most popular site for tourists due to the panoramic views it provides across Canberra, particularly over central Canberra, Red Hill and Black Mountain.

“The current infrastructure at the lookout is both limited and ageing, with the last major upgrade occurring in 1988. Items which might feature in the new plan could be outdoor seating, picnic areas, sun and wind protection and more comprehensive and coordinated interpretive signage.”

“This joint project shows that both the ACT and Commonwealth governments are committed to investing in Canberra assets which are unique to the character of the National Capital,” said Minister for Territories, Local Government and Major Projects Paul Fletcher.

“Mount Ainslie represents the northern termination of Canberra’s central land axis – which takes in the Australian War Memorial and Parliament House – and was depicted in Marion Mahony Griffin’s winning entry for the 1912 international design competition.

“There is, through this initiative, a contemporary parallel in having a design competition for the summit. We hope some of Australia’s best landscape architects will be attracted to enter. The first stage will see expressions of interest sought, with three firms then shortlisted to participate in a one-week design competition. The winning firm will then prepare a preliminary sketch plan and interpretive strategy, expected in mid-2016.

“As Mount Ainslie is defined as a Designated Area, the National Capital Authority on behalf of the Commonwealth Government will ensure the planning, design and development of the summit aligns with the principles outlined in the National Capital Plan.”

Mr Rattenbury said this initiative ties in with the objectives of the ACT 2020 Tourism Strategy and The Canberra Plan as well as supports the ACT Government’s healthy weight initiative. The expressions of interest will be advertised via and through the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects.

It remains uncertain what a mount weighing approximately 300 million tonnes will make or care of this guidance.

UPDATE: With many thanks to Mat who appears to have made a more thorough estimate we can guess Mount Ainslie is closer to 1.6 billion tonnes.

I get 1600 millon tonnes using a density of 2.65 for silicon dioxide (primary component of ainslie volcanics), and the volume averaged from 9 profiles thru the following footprint. Procrastination rules.


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