Historic $200 million city deal for Darwin

On Friday, 16 November 2018, the Northern Territory Government, Australian Government and City of Darwin signed the historic $200 million Darwin City Deal to turbo-charge the local economy and cement Darwin’s position as a liveable tropical capital city for generations to come.

The Australian and Northern Territory Governments, together with the City of Darwin, have partnered to support catalyst projects to revitalise Darwin’s city centre, as well as the planning and collaboration needed to support Darwin’s future growth. This will help to unlock investment in Darwin, grow its population, boost the visitor economy and support greater business activity.

“The City Deal is a recognition of Darwin’s status as the Capital of Northern Australia, and as an attractive place to live, work and invest.” Chief Minister, Michael Gunner.

The Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics plays a key role in the implementation and delivery of the Darwin City Deal.

The Department has already commenced initiatives in support of the City Deal such as the Cavenagh Street Shade Structure and the State Square Underground Car Park which both will create a cooler, greener streetscape, transforming key public spaces in the Darwin CBD.

Key initiatives

The $200 million investment will support:

  • The creation of a new education and civic precinct on Cavenagh Street featuring a new Charles Darwin University campus as well as retail, commercial and community spaces;
  • Construction of a new Art Gallery in State Square;
  • Transformation of public spaces in the CBD to create cooler, greener streetscapes;
  • A new Urban Living Lab led by the CSIRO which will test and evaluate improvements in Darwin’s liveability, sustainability and resilience;
  • Establishment of a process to redevelop a key piece of Defence-owned land at Stokes Hill; and
  • Additional support for the Larrakia people as the traditional owners of Darwin by increasing the share of jobs held by Indigenous Australians through an 8.8 per cent employment target and 3 per cent supplier-use target for City Deal projects and $2 million to support the Larrakia Development Corporation’s economic development aspirations.

Next steps

Signing the City Deal is just the beginning. All three levels of government will jointly prepare an Implementation Plan by early-2019, which will set out key milestones for projects, timeframes and who will be responsible.

More information about City Deals and how they are developed is available here.

Darwin City Deal