Apr 26, 2012

Federal Government backs plan for growth in Darwin

Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, Mr Anthony Albanese, has announced that Darwin will soon be home to a new innovative project that showcases the best in urban design, planning and renewal, funded as part of our efforts to make the nation’s major cities more productive, sustainable and liveable.

The Federal Government will work in partnership with Darwin City Council and the Northern Territory Government to develop a masterplan to help reshape the Darwin CBD.

The plan will help guide new roads and transport links to support Darwin’s unique tropical lifestyle while improving its productivity and liveability.

As the population and economy grows, development must be balanced by appropriate planning to ensure the sustainability and liveability of the area.

“With a wide range of projects gradually coming online set to boost the Territory’s economy, now is the time to put the infrastructure and planning in place to meet future demand,” Senator Crossin said.

“The plan will guide the city for the next 20 years and develop Darwin as a leader for sustainable living in the tropics.”

From a national perspective, it’s a great example of the kind of cooperation between governments which will be required if we are to overcome the big challenges facing our cities such as climate change, a lack of affordable housing, traffic congestion and a growing, ageing population.

Indeed, as one of the most urbanised societies on the planet, Australia’s future economic prosperity and social cohesion will depend largely on how successful we are at making our cities more productive, sustainable and liveable.

That’s why Federal Labor has ended the Commonwealth’s self-imposed, decade long exile from our major cities and is again engaging with the states and territories as well as local councils to bring about a much needed urban renaissance.

The Darwin CBD Master Plan ($250,000 in program funding) is being funded as part of the Government’s Liveable Cities Program.