THE Northern Territory Government last week announced that the 168-hectare Berrimah Farm site will be subject to an expression of interest process, with developers invited to submit their vision for the site that could potentially accommodate almost 3,000 dwellings.
Minister for Lands, Planning and the Environment Peter Chandler said the redevelopment of Berrimah Farm presents an outstanding opportunity to create a new and exciting urban activity hub in an exceptional location.
"My vision for Berrimah Farm is a vibrant place to live that has all the amenities expected of a modern city – shops, supermarkets, bars, cafés and potentially even a school," Mr Chandler said.
"I envisage higher density residential living surrounding a 'town centre' that will attract first class retailers and promote an inner-city vibe in a suburban setting.
"Berrimah Farm is situated between two main transport corridors just 10 minutes from the city, Palmerston and Casuarina with access to public transport making it an easy commute to any workplace."
Approximately 24 hectares has been identified for community purpose activities within the Berrimah Farm Area Plan, which will include land for research facilities, education facilities and other community uses.
The land release also provides for a state-of-the-art contemporary research facility to allow the Department of Primary Industries and Fisheries and others to continue their research work.
"The precinct will focus effort on supporting and developing Northern Australia Primary Industries and place the Northern Territory as a pre-eminent provider of research and development across Northern Australia," Mr Chandler said.
While $4 million was allocated in this year's budget to kick start the project, the onus will be on the successful developer to meet the costs of headworks, in addition to the cost of constructing the subdivision.