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Creating jobs: $32 million tender to revitalise and cool Darwin’s CBD

The Territory Labor Government is investing in job-creating, CBD-revitalising infrastructure, releasing a $32 million tender to construct an underground car park in State Square.

Deputy Chief Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics Nicole Manison said creating jobs by investing in social and tourism infrastructure is the key to growing the Territory’s population and improving our economy.

“The 450 space, three level underground carpark will create 60 construction jobs and 165 other jobs to support the project,” Ms Manison said.

“It will unlock more green space in the city, replacing the existing heat generating carparks at the Supreme Court, Chan Building and Cenotaph whilst retaining the landscape of the current Parliament House Greens (corner Bennett and Mitchell Streets).

“This will enable these existing surface car parks to be redeveloped as cool and shaded parklands to support public events and improve connectivity and will also provide a future cyclone shelter for up to 600 people.

 “The State Square redevelopment is part of a comprehensive plan to revitalise Darwin CBD to attract private investment, boost tourism and create jobs.

“The plan includes immediate, short and long-term strategies that address anti-social behaviour, heat mitigation and even ways to bring more students into the CBD.”

An 18-month car park study will also be undertaken, to support and identify other opportunities to improve car parking in the CBD, to further cool and revitalise the CBD.

It is expected the tender for the Cavenagh Street Heat Mitigation trial, in conjunction with City of Darwin, will also be released this month. This CBD initiative includes:

Ms Manison said the Gunner Government, which has allocated $100 million to revitalise the CBD, is continuing to work with the Australian Government to finalise the Darwin City Deal.

“Our strategy to revitalise Darwin’s CBD draws on best practice urban design and renewal expertise, and will make the city a better place to live, visit and do business,” she said.

Click here for more info on the Darwin City Deal

Media Contact:  Lesley Major – 0419 288 284

View of underground carpark from Herbert St