In 1921 prior to the building industry taking off and the conception of Master Builders, the population of Canberra sat at just 1,150 people. By 1927, over 8,000 people occupied the nation’s capital and the city as planned by Walter Burley Griffin was beginning to take form.
Whilst building activity largely came to a halt during the years of the depression, this interlude was followed by yet another period of great progress and increased building activity fuelled largely by post-war euphoria, overseas immigration and the urgent need for accommodation.
In March 1958, the National Capital Development Commission took over the planning of Canberra and multiple new suburbs began to form, slowly developing throughout the 60’s and 70’s to accommodate a growing population. Woden was established in 1964, followed by Belconnen in 1967 and Tuggeranong in 1973. These additional districts helped to encourage large population growth between 1960 and 1975.
In keeping with Walter Burley Griffin’s original plans for the city, works on forming Lake Burley Griffin began in 1963 with a steady flow of other key cultural and civic landmarks following its construction. The National Library of Australia building opened in 1968, the Canberra Stadium was completed in 1977, the High Court of Australia building opened in 1980, the National Gallery of Australia in 1982, new Parliament House in 1988, the National Museum of Australia in 2001 and the National Portrait Gallery of Australia building was completed in 2008.
The largest road works project in the history of ACT was only recently undertaken in 2007, being the construction of the Gungahlin Drive Extension from Barton Highway up to and including the Glenloch Interchange.
Currently, Canberra continues to thrive largely as a result of its booming building and construction industry, with new suburbs frequently arising to meet rising demand in the nation’s capital. Master Builders Association of the ACT continues to lead the way in developing Canberra and servicing all sectors of the industry.