Canberra’s iconic Sydney and Melbourne buildings are set for some much needed love with restoration works and essential upgrades to be funded in the upcoming ACT budget.

The first of the works at the heritage-listed sites will take place in the Verity and Odgers laneways with upgrades to ageing stormwater and drain infrastructure.

The essential upgrades are set to improve the appearance and longevity of the two buildings and pave the way for broader enhancements to the two sites.

Restoration works to address the peeling paint on the exterior of the buildings are set to be carried out at the same time, with design works also progressing on the further activation of the Verity and Odgers laneways.

Upgrades to the laneways will see works such as resurfacing, enhancement of pedestrian and vehicle accessibility and lighting upgrades to improve safety, connectivity and service functions for businesses operating out of the buildings.

Chief Minister, Andrew Barr said the commencement of the upgrades will coincide with the early works of Light Rail Stage 2.

“The outcome of all of this work will be a much improved city centre and a restored heritage precinct around the Sydney and Melbourne buildings.”

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