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Canberra is the capital city of Australia and is located in the Australian Capital Territory, which is surrounded by New South Wales. With a population of over 340,000, it is Australia's largest inland city. The site of Canberra was selected for the location of the nation's capital in 1908 as a compromise between rivals Sydney and Melbourne, Australia's two largest cities.

The Canberra office delivers professional services to Australia's defence, science, health, education and telecommunications sectors.

We provide services in the areas of:

  • Project management
  • Development assistance
  • Architecture
  • Landscape architecture
  • Heritage consulting
  • Building services
  • Development and civil engineering
  • Economics
  • Stakeholder solutions
  • Structures
  • Planning
  • Transportation
  • Geotechnical services
  • Environment
  • Water resources
  • Security
  • Training
  • Forestry consulting
  • Defence infrastructure
  • Management services
  • International development assistance

For more information, contact:

Jo Metcalfe
T: +61 2 6113 3200
F: +61 2 6113 3299
E: Email GHD in Canberra

Location Address
Level 7
16 Marcus Clarke Street
Canberra ACT 2601

Postal Address
GPO Box 1877
Canberra ACT 2601

Goulburn-Murray Rural Water


This building, completed in mid-2005, makes a fresh statement in a town that features ageing building stock, while also managing to be a practical and economic structure. The addition to the Kerang in northern Victoria houses Goulburn-Murray Water’s regional administration and engineering staff.

The unusual waveform theme expressed in the shaping of the main and supplementary roofs relates to the client’s waveform logo and to their business of harvesting, storing and distributing water resources across northern Victoria.

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Securing Canberra’s water supply


GHD’s work with the ACT Electricity and Water Corp (ACTEW) on the Cotter Dam is helping to secure the territory’s water supply and raising the bar for sustainable construction. The AUD363 million project involves building a new 87 metre high wall to increase the main dam’s capacity from 4 gigalitres to 78 gigalitres, and building two saddle dams with walls 15-20 m high.

Working in an alliance with ACTEW and construction companies Abigroup and John Holland, GHD has been responsible for engineering design, stakeholder liaison, environmental approvals and safety and quality control during construction. GHD’s analysis identified the best location for the dam wall, and a cost-effective construction method using roller compacted concrete (RCC).

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Corin Dam repairs, Australia


GHD has undertaken site investigations on Corin Dam in Australia’s ACT and recommended design improvements to remediate a safety risk.

Located on the Cotter River in the Namadgi National Park, Corin Dam is one of three dams that hold the water supply for Canberra, Australia's capital city.

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Urban Design and Planning in Canberra’s University Precinct


A vibrant mixed-use residential, cultural and arts precinct, will create a ‘dynamic heart’ for Canberra that connects the city with the Australian National University.

The Childers Street project arose out of a Australian Capital Territory Planning and Land Authority’s (ACTPLA) City West Master Plan, which was completed in May 2004. The Childers Street precinct is part of a major focus on urban regeneration by the ACT state government.

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Enlarged Cotter Dam


GHD was engaged by Icon Water (formerly ACTEW Corporation) as the design partner for the Bulk Water Alliance (BWA), which was formed in May 2008 to design and construct Australia’s third largest concrete gravity dam, the Enlarged Cotter Dam (ECD).

The ECD project was the centrepiece of a comprehensive Water Security Program for the Australian Capital Territory. The project comprised the following components:

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The impact of recycled water irrigation on soils in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT)


GHD investigated the impacts of irrigation with recycled water on the chemical and physical properties of the soils within the ACT. For several years, the use of treatment plant effluent for irrigation has been accepted as an effective wastewater treatment method and disposal option in Australia. Although it has economic, environmental and social benefits, it is sometimes questioned as an environmentally sound method as wastewater irrigation has been shown to change the properties of soil.

The research project examined three existing re-use schemes, and considered the suitability of a similar scheme in a horticultural precinct. The analysis of chemical and physical test results determined that the soils in the study area experienced physical and chemical changes following wastewater irrigation; however the soils have so far retained most of their functionality.

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Jo Metcalfe

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Jo is the Operating Centre Manager for GHD in Canberra, responsible for business in the ACT. She has more than 15 years' experience in professional services management with a proven track record of managing significant property, asset management, planning and architectural commissions. She is also Vice-President of the ACT Property Council of Australia (PCA) and Chair of the PCA’s Planning Committee.

Operating Centre Manager – Canberra
+61 2 6113 3200

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