THE Commonwealth and Northern Territory governments have signed a Memorandum of Understanding as a step towards a future City Deal for Darwin that will aim to drive investment, jobs and make life better for communities in the region.
The MOU outlines a number of areas for collaboration between the Commonwealth, Territory and local governments, including:
- Help transform the Territory's capital into a world-class tropical tourist and cultural destination by supporting innovative private and public sector infrastructure investments across all three levels of government;
- Create more jobs by supporting skills and industry development, recognising Darwin's proximity to Asia and opportunities in Defence and agribusiness, and removing barriers to employment;
- Improve housing affordability through a greater choice of housing options; and
- Improve the liveability, amenity and attractiveness of the city centre, including heat reduction in built-up areas, development of green spaces and vibrant arts and cultural experiences.
City Deals are agreements between all three levels of government that prioritise reforms in investment and planning. They are tailored to support local plans and opportunities and to advance individual cities or regions.
It is anticipated that every lever of the Commonwealth, State Government and local government will work together to create jobs and a more liveable city that grows the Northern Australian economy.
The Northern Territory is the fourth jurisdiction to enter into an MOU with the Commonwealth to establish City Deals, which have already been announced for Townsville, Launceston and Western Sydney as part of the Australian Government's Smart Cities Plan.
More information about City Deals is available from the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet website at <https://cities.dpmc.gov.au/city-deals>.