$100 Million to Transform the Darwin CBD

01 May 2017

NT Government: Chief Minister Michael Gunner says revitalising the Darwin CBD to create Australia’s defining Capital of the North is a critical major project for the Labor Government.

Mr Gunner has today unveiled a $100 million Budget 17 plan to rejuvenate the Darwin CBD, creating hundreds of local jobs and transforming our city centre into a world-class tourist and cultural destination.

“Darwin is the Capital of North Australia, and we must invest in it to provide a sense of significance,” Mr Gunner said.

“To do that we need to revitalise our CBD which has become tired.

“We need to focus our city on the beautiful Darwin Harbour and we need to cool the city down so we can make it more liveable and give it a stronger sense of place.

“We need to link the Waterfront to Cullen Bay to provide one continuous and connected city that is a drawcard for both locals and tourists alike.

“It was made very clear at the economic summits that the time to enliven and reinvigorate the CBD is well overdue. The business community and community in general told us this and we are acting on it.”

Three Darwin CDB transforming major projects have been earmarked as priorities – all will begin during this term of Government.

“Budget 2017 has a $100 million down payment on this project. A lot of planning work is already underway with a lot more to go. We have to get this right,” Mr Gunner said.

“We will be unveiling plans in November this year and we expect to start work on construction of parts of this project in 2017-18.”

Mr Gunner said he was seeking to match the Territory Government’s $100 million contribution with similar support from the Federal Government’s Smart Cities Deals. Mr Gunner said $100 million had been allocated over four years, with the first of the funding kicking in this financial year to begin the rebuild of State Square.

The three major CBD revitalising projects are:

1)     Finishing State Square (Stage 1)

This will include:

2)      Moving Students and part of Charles Darwin University to the Darwin CBD

An interagency taskforce will be established to work closely with CDU to support its strategy for growth. This will include exploring opportunities around the housing of students and the location of some schools of the CDU in the CBD.

Mr Gunner said having students in the CBD has brought the city to life in other areas, including Melbourne and Hobart.

This project could see existing buildings re-purposed for accommodation and learning facilities.

3)      Museum at Old Hospital Site

Details of the $50 million allocation towards a new museum and 10-Year Museums Masterplan were announced yesterday (Sunday 23rd).




Source:  Northern Territory Government - www.newsroom.nt.gov.au

Contact:  Media Contact: Cameron Angus 0404 021 192, Charles Darwin University: Robyn McDougall 0439 675 567

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