Greening Incentives to Unlock Private Sector Investment in the CBD

23 November 2017

NT Government: The Territory Labor Government today announced plans to increase parkland and green space, improve vibrancy and boost the number of carparks in the CBD, Chief Minister Michael Gunner announced at his Property Council address today.

The plans, which aim to unlock further private investment in Darwin City, includes removing the need for additional car parking requirements for al fresco dining (to encourage businesses to utilise outside spaces) as well as an unrestricted sublease trial for underutilised car parks in existing buildings.

Mr Gunner announced a 450-bay underground carpark will be built on the Parliament House Greens (corner Bennett and Mitchell streets), which will see existing carparks at the Supreme Court, Chan Building and Cenotaph replaced with green, open spaces.

“We promised to revitalise the Darwin CBD and create jobs and we are doing this in many ways – delivering on our promises is how we are restoring trust in Government,” he said.

“The initiatives announced today will change the culture around CBD and make it a better place to live, visit and do business. It will help unlock further private sector investment in our CBD - by making it a better place to be - at a time when the Territory economy needs it most.

“Undergrounding these three carparks will remove vehicles from some of the worst heat conductors in the city so we can redevelop these spaces as cool and shaded parkland.

“The City of Darwin have given in principle support to convert the existing Cenotaph car park on the Esplanade with green space – which will provide more and cooler space for our dawn services.”

Mr Gunner said discussions are also underway between City of Darwin and Charles Darwin University for the corner of Barneson Boulevard and Cavenagh Street (currently a hot carpark) to become the site of a CDU campus and student accommodation in the City.

He said, to further support these changes, an 18-month comprehensive carpark study will also be undertaken across the CBD.

Mr Gunner yesterday announced an important investment in Darwin CBD with a heat mitigation trial about to get underway on Cavenagh Street.

It forms part of Government’s $100 million commitment to rejuvenate the CBD which includes a new museum at Myilly Point, bringing CDU students into the city, a new fine art gallery, underground car-parking, street art and moving the bus terminal. 




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