Civic and State Square Masterplan

The Civic and State Square Masterplan reimagines the green heart of Darwin city into a welcoming and interactive space.

The precinct is an important part of the Darwin City Deal and will provide community and event space that links the Waterfront with the city centre, creating an activated and lively place for all.

It will become a:

  • tropical, green, cool and shaded oasis within the city
  • spacious place for events, festivals, gatherings and displays.


The Civic and State Square Masterplan includes the following infrastructure projects:

Project update

The revised Civic and State Square Masterplan includes the following:

  • stakeholder consultation - a summary of consultation with key stakeholders including a matrix identifying issues, concerns and aspirations for the development, also includes stakeholder feedback on the draft Masterplan
  • key moves - a set of guiding principles to inform the Masterplan
  • updates to the original Masterplan
  • it also includes the following elements:
    • Central Heart - a playful, shaded, flexible and active centrally located space for event as well as the everyday
    • art gallery - located adjacent the Central Heart with a generous grand veranda with cafes and room for events and festivals
    • tropical tree walk - a pedestrianised Smith Street with tall shelters for all year sun and rain protection
    • expansive events lawns - fully serviced for a vast array of festivals and events
    • a series of tropical avenues and gardens - including a sculpture garden above the new underground carpark
    • forecourts - generous pedestrianised forecourts to Parliament House and Supreme Court with welcoming and cooling water-features
    • a movement and access plan - indicates how service, emergency and ceremonial vehicles can access the site, along with the accommodation for equal access and service parking and cycle routes
    • events infrastructure plans - indicates existing and proposed event layouts including Darwin Festival, Italian Festival and a generic large concert. GleNTi representatives were consulted regarding functionality of space in relation to possible future events.

Read the revised Civic and State Square Masterplan PDF (10.4 MB).

Concept designs

Last updated: 04 June 2021

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