Barneson Boulevard and Tiger Brennan Drive final duplication stage

Barneson Boulevard will provide a new entry point to Darwin’s CBD. This project will also complete the duplication of Tiger Brennan Drive from Dinah Beach Road to Mcminn Street. This is a landmark project that will help unlock the potential of the city’s eastern end.

The new road will connect Tiger Brennan Drive directly with Cavenagh Street to more evenly distribute traffic throughout the CBD streets. The Boulevard will have a tropical, inner city urban feel and support economic development in Darwin CBD.

NTEPA decision - Barneson Boulevard and Tiger Brennan Drive Stage 3

The Northern Territory Environment Protection Authority (NT EPA) in late November released its decision in relation to the Barneson Boulevard and Tiger Brennan Drive Stage 3 Notice of Intent submitted by the Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics.

The NT EPA has decided that the potential environmental impacts and risks of the proposed action are not so significant as to warrant environmental impact assessment by the NT EPA under provisions of the Environmental Assessment Act.

The NT EPA considers that the potential environmental impacts and risks can be managed by DIPL through appropriate mitigation and management actions.

To read the full decision download the decisions and statement of reasons.

Barneson Boulevard Contamination Assessment Summary

The Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics engaged GHD Pty Ltd to undertake a soil, groundwater and surface water sampling program of the Barneson Boulevard alignment to investigate the nature and extent of any contamination, and to develop recommendations and management options.

The investigation identified low level contamination at some locations across the road alignment. GHD concluded that due to the low levels of contamination present, the limited excavations proposed for the project, and the recommended mitigation measures, the contamination represents a low risk to the road construction project, people and the environment.

A plain-English summary of the investigation (2.3 mb) is now available.

Partnership with City of Darwin

City of Darwin is contributing $5 million to the Barneson Boulevard and Tiger Brennan Drive Stage 3, with the Australian Government contributing $29.53 million and the Northern Territory Government $5 million.

Northern Territory Government in October 2017 compiled a report to provide clarity and sufficient information for City of Darwin to be able to confidently support the Barneson Boulevard project as an iconic, green infrastructure project that will breathe life into this part of the CBD. The report to City of Darwin (18.9 mb) is now available.

Greening the CBD: public consultation on landscaping and public space enhancement

The Barneson Boulevard and Tiger Brennan Drive Stage 3 project is an iconic new entry into the City of Darwin that will provide for the future growth of our capital city with the delivery of a shaded tropical boulevard to its centre.

Barneson Boulevard is a jointly funded project by the Australian and Northern Territory governments and the City of Darwin.

Creating and growing a shaded boulevard is essential to this project and will create a cool streetscape with excellent pedestrian and cyclist linkages into the CBD.

There will be approximately 200 shade trees planted along the new Barneson Boulevard.

The heritage value of Frog Hollow will be preserved. Enhancements to public spaces adjacent to the park, as well as pedestrian and cyclist access to the area, will open up the space to be enjoyed by many more Territorians and visitors.

We want to create an iconic entry way that Territorians can be proud of and visitors can enjoy. We asked for feedback from the public about the kind of greenery people would like to see along Barneson Boulevard, and opportunities for public art.

The survey at enabled people to view concept images and examples, and complete our survey to give us your views. The survey closed November 6 2017. A summary of the results is now available (2.2 mb). The full consultation report (1.6 mb) is also available to view.

Traffic modelling

The attached traffic modelling information sets out the 'level of service' road performance criteria and provides information about the ratings of roads on Darwin’s road network.

Outcomes of community consultation

During the three-month public consultation period earlier this year feedback was gathered from people who live, work and do business in the city, those who visit the city and people who feel passionate about our city.

A number of issues and possible solutions were discussed during community consultation, which influenced the final design. See the highlights of the consultation results by topic:

Download a full copy of the Barneson Boulevard consultation report (19.4 mb). The report has been edited to protect privacy and for commercial in confidence reasons.


The project will:

  • reduce peak period congestion by dispersing traffic entering and exiting the CBD from Tiger Brennan Drive
  • provide a new entry and exit point for the CBD
  • cater to pedestrians and cyclists with wide footpaths and segregated cycle ways
  • reenergise the CBD through its visual appeal, incorporating landscaping and roadside amenities to support activities such as alfresco dining.

Project timeline

It is expected that construction on this project will commence late 2017, weather permitting.

More Information

Please download the Frequently Asked Questions (1.3 mb) for more information or email

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Last updated: 20 December 2017