Consultation Results Released For Barneson Boulevard

Consultation Results Released For Barneson Boulevard

Northern Territory Minister for Infrastructure Planning and Logistics Nicole Manison

Greening Barneson Boulevard Consultation Results Released

Victor P Taffa

Iconic third entry into Darwin’s CBD got one step closer and a few shades greener today, with the release of the landscaping and public art consultation results for the $39.5 Million project.

Barneson Boulevard is a joint Government project to deliver jobs and opportunity, with $29.5 Million provided by the Federal Government, and $5 Million each from the Northern Territory Government and City of Darwin.

Fundamental to the project is the creation of a tree-lined boulevard, including public art, to create a third entrance into the CBD to unlock economic and social activity in the centre of the CBD.

Northern Territory Minister for Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics Nicole Manison said the extensive consultation around preferred greening and landscaping options will help to deliver a landmark project.

“With over 1,200 visits to webpage and 209 surveys completed, the feedback will help to ensure local ideas are incorporated into the landscaping design which will include the planting of 200 trees.”

“More than 80 jobs are expected to be created throughout the life of the project, and the ongoing benefits for the CBD will support economic activity into the future.” Minister Manison said.

“A wide, shady canopy of trees along the Barneson Boulevard route, heading into the CBD will help to cool our city, and create a vibrant, attractive entry into the capital of the North.”

“We have a wealth of fantastic artists and artisans in the Territory, which will ensure a unique look and feel to public art and landscaping.” Minister Manison said.

City of Darwin Lord Mayor Kon Vatskalis said the project will create further opportunities for alfresco dining and other activities, with the possibility of improvements at Frog Hollow Park.

“There is great potential here to activate this part of the CBD, particularly with segregated cycle ways and with more students coming into the CBD from Charles Darwin University.” Lord Mayor Vatskalis said.

Tender for the construction of Barneson Boulevard was released last week and will be open for a 10-week period until February 2018, with construction expected to commence in April 2018.