Tender Released For Underground Car Park In State Square

Tender Released For Underground Car Park In State Square

Northern Territory Deputy Chief Minister Nicole Manison

$32 Million Tender To Revitalise And Cool Darwin’s CBD

Victor P Taffa

Territory 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.

“450 space, three level underground carpark will create 60 construction jobs and 165 other jobs to support the project.” Deputy Chief Minister 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.”

“State Square redevelopment is part of a comprehensive plan to revitalise Darwin CBD to attract private investment, boost tourism and create jobs.” Deputy Chief Minister Manison said.

“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:

  • 50 m cool green street canopy over Cavenagh St
  • Continuing upgrade of 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

Deputy Chief Minister Manison said the Gunner Government, which has allocated $100 Million to revitalise the CBD, is continuing to work with the Federal 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.” Deputy Chief Minister Manison said.