THE Northern Territory Government last week announced more than $10 million worth of infrastructure projects – including a connecting road and bridge, water main and a sewerage pump and rising main – to unlock the final stages of Darwin's new suburb of Zuccoli.
It follows the simultaneous release earlier this year of stages three and four of the Zuccoli subdivision in Palmerston East, approximately 21 kilometres south of Darwin, which is expected to deliver around 1,300 new homes, as well as two new schools and community shops.
According to the government, advanced negotiations with a preferred proponent are currently under way for the two stages and once finalised, the fifth stage of Zuccoli is expected to be released to accommodate approximately 400 additional dwellings.
Minister for Lands, Planning and the Environment Peter Chandler described the infrastructure works as vital in order to continue the downward pressure on land prices through the government's accelerated land release program.
"In just over two years in government the Country Liberals has released enough land in Zuccoli alone to accommodate an additional 2,200 dwellings," Mr Chandler said.
"Affordability of land is as important as availability and that is why an average price point between $160,000 and $180,000 has been a key objective of land release in Zuccoli. These are steps the previous Labor government didn't take when releasing the first stage of Zuccoli over four years ago.
"We know what issues matter most to Territorians and releasing affordable land to the market quickly will go a long way to reducing the cost of living and increase housing affordability."
Minister for Infrastructure Peter Styles said the works will not only provide access to sites for development but will connect parts of Zuccoli to the essential services needed by future residents.
"These are large scale works that will cater for a majority of the needs for Zuccoli as this suburb rapidly develops," Mr Styles said.
"In addition to the essential service works of water and sewage, a 700 metre section of road including a bridge over Mitchell Creek will connect the southern section of Zuccoli with Roystonea Avenue and the rest of Palmerston."