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Darwin City Deal

The Northern Territory Government has entered into an agreement with the Commonwealth to work together to create a City Deal for Darwin that will drive investment, and make life better for residents, business and the Territory.

The Darwin City Deal initiative is a joint project between the Northern Territory Government, the City of Darwin and Charles Darwin University to design a 10-year plan for the Darwin city centre that sets a long term and sustainable vision for the future.


Cavenagh street

Darwin will be a thriving, vibrant, cool capital city, a trading hub of the north, and a destination to visit and a place to call home.

The Northern Territory Government has identified some major projects as part of its contribution to the City Deal initiative, including:

Given the importance of our future innovation, education, workforce and enterprise development, the city vision aspires to see Charles Darwin University grow by providing key facilities for student living and learning spaces as a centrepiece of the city.

This vision builds on existing evidence, plans and engagements including:

Other consultations that are linked or of relevance to the Darwin City Deal initiative include:

  • Museums Masterplan 
  • Museum of the Northern Territory (coming soon)
  • Darwin CBD local area plan (coming soon)

View the Flythrough

The Darwin CBD Flythrough Concept outlines a draft vision for creating a vibrant Darwin city centre, showcasing the possibilities for:

  • Myilly Point
  • State Square
  • The Mall
  • Smith Street
  • Cooling and greening
  • Heat mitigation and urban design

It sets out an overall concept for how Darwin’s city centre could be transformed into a cooler, more pedestrian-friendly place, creating a vibrant economic hub, linking the Waterfront to Cullen Bay through the heart of the city and reflecting the rich heritage and stories of the people of Darwin.
The Flythrough concept provides the basis for community and stakeholder engagement as we work towards a City Deal that will help create a Darwin CBD for the future that meets the needs of residents, businesses and visitors and is the genuine Capital of Northern Australia.

Have your say

Have your say on the concepts in the Flythrough.
You can complete some or all of the survey.
You can also email us at DarwinCityDeal@nt.gov.au

Closing date for feedback in this first phase is 14 September 2017.
There will be additional opportunities to provide feedback on refined concepts as projects are developed.

Heat mitigation study

The urban heat island (UHI) effect in which urban areas exhibit higher temperatures than the surrounding rural or suburban areas is well documented in hundreds of cities around the world including major cities in Australia.

The Government commissioned the University of New South Wales (UNSW) to conduct a study of inner city heat, humidity and wind movement. The study used thermal imaging and drone monitoring to map the city’s temperatures.
The initial report summarises the UNSW investigation of the characteristics of the urban heat island of Darwin, NT, identifying hot spots in the city, developing and evaluating appropriate UHI mitigation scenarios and proposing optimum UHI mitigation solutions that could be tailored for the city of Darwin.

Some of the recommendations to achieve a cooler inner city include greening and shading and new-generation paint and paving products. Further mapping of temperature over a twelve month period will be undertaken to continue to build a consolidated picture of temperature, hotspots and mitigation technologies.

Heat study
Executive summary
Final report