An improved and safer pathway that also connects Lake Burley Griffin to National Sculpture Garden, within the National Gallery of Australia (NGA), was opened today by Senator Zed Seselja, Senator for the ACT.

“The investment in these upgrades comes on top of more than $1 billion in new investments announced in the ACT by the Liberal-National Government in the past two years, boosting our Canberra economy,” Senator Seselja said.

“I heard this morning that the Bridge to Bridge is the most popular walk in the country. These works have increased the safety of the path for pedestrians and cyclists alike, whether they be Canberrans or visitors to our great city.”

“The new amphitheatre will also be the best seat in the Capital to listen to the wonderful music of the National Carillion Concerts.”

The National Capital Authority (NCA) commenced the $750,000 project towards the end of June 2020 along the foreshore of Lake Burley Griffin adjacent to the Sculpture Garden to help address public safety issues and improve access to the Sculpture Garden.

The works are in response to feedback from the public regarding the low lighting levels and narrow path width (‘pinch point’) where the Lake Burley Griffin shared path narrows from 4m down to 2.5m behind the Sculpture Garden.

“By creating a link between the Lake and the Sculpture Garden, the path works continue to build on our record of continuing investment in our institutions, with more than $80 million invested in the National Gallery over the past two years alone by the Liberal-National Government, and the Australia War Memorial expansion worth $500 million, the biggest investment by a Commonwealth Government in Canberra in a generation,” Senator Seselja concluded.

Detours that were in place for the duration of the construction works have been taken away and the path is now open for public use.