First phase of Darwin City Deal consultation completed


The Northern Territory Government has entered into an agreement with the Commonwealth to work together to create a City Deal for Darwin that will drive investment, and make life better for residents, business and the Territory.

The Darwin City Deal initiative is a joint project between the Northern Territory Government, the City of Darwin and Charles Darwin University to design a 10-year plan for the Darwin city centre that sets a long term and sustainable vision for the future.

The first phase of consultation has now closed with 649 survey responses received. A summary report of comments and feedback is available here.

Watch the video below to hear why people are coming into the city and their ideas on how to improve the Darwin city centre.

Heat mitigation project

As a part of the Darwin City Deal the Government commissioned the University of New South Wales (UNSW) to conduct a study of inner city heat, humidity and wind movement. The study used thermal imaging and drone monitoring to map the city’s temperatures, view the aerial survey here.

The initial report summarises the UNSW investigation of the characteristics of the urban heat island (UHI) of Darwin, identifying hot spots in the city, developing and evaluating appropriate UHI mitigation scenarios and proposing optimum UHI mitigation solutions that could be tailored for the city of Darwin.

Some of the recommendations to achieve a cooler inner city include greening and shading and new-generation paint and paving products. One of the strongest themes to come through the survey was the need for a significant increase in trees, green spaces and all weather walkways around the city centre.

Further mapping of temperature over a twelve month period is being undertaken to continue to build a consolidated picture of temperature, hotspots and mitigation technologies.

A heat mitigation trial on Cavenagh Street was announced earlier this year.

The 12-month Cavenagh street trial, in collaboration with the City of Darwin, will include:

  • A 50m cool green street canopy over Cavenagh St – an iconic green shade structure similar to a pergola with vines growing over it to create shade and provide cooling to the street and reduce ambient temperatures
  • Upgrading the Cavenagh and Bennett St intersection, including shade structures on the four corners and new trees and green walls
  • Cool surface treatments – new technology paints to reflect UV, and alternate road mix and pavement products along Cavenagh St
  • Greening the Street – temporary planter boxes for medium scale trees and garden walls for instant greenery

Other concepts for creating a vibrant and cool Darwin city centre can be seen here in the Darwin CBD Flythrough Concept video.

Artist’s impression of the Cavenagh Street green street canopy

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