DARWIN residents have been invited to have their say on landscaping and enhancing public space for one of the city's priority infrastructure projects, Barneson Boulevard, which aims to revitalise the Darwin central business district.
Federal Minister for Urban Infrastructure Paul Fletcher said the Barneson Boulevard and Tiger Brennan Drive Stage 3 project was a key election commitment for the Australian Government to help reduce commuting times, create local jobs and activate the central business district in Darwin.
"This transport project has been many years in the planning, and traffic modelling tells us it will be required to meet demand in the coming years. Design tenders are expected to be released next month, with an average of 80 jobs expected to be supported over the life of the project," Mr Fletcher said.
"The Australian and Northern Territory governments are working together with City of Darwin to deliver this revitalisation project which will provide a much-needed link into currently unutilised land and reduce congestion between Dinah Beach Road and McMinn Street."
NT Deputy Chief Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics Nicole Manison encouraged the community to provide feedback on greening and landscaping options for the boulevard.
"The consultation also encourages input on public art opportunities and other enhancements to the area adjacent to Frog Hollow Park, such as an amphitheatre, and additional seating and canopy shaded areas in Frog Hollow - we want to make it a truly great park," Ms Manison said.
"I understand there are some concerns about the project but I want to assure Territorians that the Barneson Boulevard and Tiger Brennan Drive Stage 3 works will enhance our tropical city. It is a smart project that is focused on creating public space and supporting active transport through wide footpaths and cycle lanes.
"The old Darwin Primary School precinct will be retained and I look forward to hearing ideas and solutions to improving and revitalising this space.
"A leafy green entrance into our central business district will unlock potential throughout the central business district, including opportunities for commercial and community development, which will ultimately benefit all Territorians," Ms Manison added.
City of Darwin Lord Mayor Kon Vatskalis welcomed the project, which will see 200 large, shady trees planted, along with additional landscaping and public art opportunities.
The Barneson Boulevard and Tiger Brennan Drive Stage 3 project is jointly funded with the Australian Government contributing up to $29.5 million, and the Northern Territory Government and Darwin City Council each contributing $5 million.