Lake Burley Griffin Heritage Management Plan

Lake Burley Griffin is one of the defining features of Australia’s national capital, and is an essential part of the original layout of Canberra designed by Walter Burley and Marion Mahoney Griffin.

This project involved an integrated and holistic study of cultural and natural values, and their meanings in community life. Context’s role in the project was the identification and assessment of the social and community aesthetic significance of Lake Burley Griffin.

Our approach was to first identify communities with associations to this important place, including people involved in designing the lake, managers, users, Canberrans and representatives of Indigenous communities. Engagement methods included focus groups, one-on-one interviews, a web-based questionnaire, review of artistic and creative sources, a review of tourism materials, and additional background research.

The assessment provided the basis for policy and recommendations as to how aspects of social and community aesthetic significance can best be conserved and managed. These were incorporated into a Heritage Management Plan for Lake Burley Griffin, and now form an essential part of the ongoing care and management of this important place.



2010 Energy Australia National Trust (NSW) Heritage Awards: Conservation Management Plan Category