CBD working group moving forward

Media Release: Thursday 9 March 2017

The Lord Mayor this morning hosted a CBD Working Group progress meeting following the CBD Summit late last year.

Lord Mayor Katrina Fong Lim said the public meeting was an opportunity for the working group and key stakeholders to present an update of the short-term actions outlined at the Lord Mayor’s CBD Summit on 6 October 2016.

Assistant Minister for a Vibrant CBD Paul Kirby attended the meeting and said the Northern Territory Government recently made a commitment to the future of the CBD.

“The Northern Territory Government and City of Darwin are working closely together to secure a city deal from the Federal Government,” Mr Kirby said.

“What the deal will look like is still in its early days but I’m looking forward to securing the arrangement for a vibrant CBD.”

The Property Council presented on their trial of a City Cooling Project which will be rolled out this year.

“The project is a way of demonstrating to the community what is possible in our tropical city streetscape,” said NT Property Council Executive Director Ruth Palmer.

“We are working towards activating our CBD streets and paths with various projects and will be working closely with City of Darwin, NT Police, Darwin City and Waterfront Retailers Association and other key stakeholders to achieve these concepts over the next three months.”

Darwin City and Waterfront Retailers Association (DCWRA) President Darren Lynch provided an update of the branding identity of the city and welcomed the news that DCWRA will be supported to provide another trial of the pop up market concept.

“The re-branding of the city is a long-term project which will aim to revitalise the Darwin experience. The re-branding will carefully consider the various stories that the CBD provides and will work towards producing creative spaces within the city,” Mr Lynch said.

“We are thrilled about the positive response that the first Pop Up Mindil Markets in The Mall received. We will now take the lead role in organising a follow-up trial with the support from City of Darwin.”

The Lord Mayor has made a commitment to ensure that the various lobby points continue to be front of mind for the NTG through the Capital City Committee (CCC). A sub-committee to the CCC will be formed to work on the Darwin City Centre Master Plan and capital projects and to continue the progress of the working group.

“I am really pleased with the hard work that various members of the working group have put in and their continued commitment to working with us towards a vibrant CBD,” the Lord Mayor said.

“I was particularly impressed with the level of community support for the pop up market and am looking forward to supporting the follow up trial.”