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Facilitating Private Investment, Creating Jobs and Boosting our Population

The Territory Labor Government is seeking expressions of interest from developers, operators and investors to construct and operate a seniors’ lifestyle purpose-built accommodation village in the Darwin Rural area.

This is a new business opportunity for the private sector, and a job-creating project for the Territory.

A KPMG feasibility study undertaken in 2017 found there is a demand for seniors’ accommodation in the Darwin Rural area.

The Government has now identified a Crown Land site option approximately 29km south east of the Darwin Central Business District and 10km south east from Palmerston. 

The area is part of a growing commercial precinct with major national retailers and speciality shops, boasting seven recreation nature reserves nearby and is in close proximity to services and transport in Coolalinga, and the newly opened Palmerston Regional Hospital.

Proponents will also have the option to identify other privately held sites in the Darwin Rural area as part of the EOI process, and will also determine the type of accommodation and the delivery model to create a commercially sustainable seniors’ retirement village.

Unlike Aged care facilities, retirement villages are for seniors that are capable of living independently.  Villages offer independence and flexibility, residents can travel regularly and maintain an active and social lifestyle. 

The Territory Government has recently released the Northern Territory Population Growth Strategy 2018-2028 which provides the framework for attracting people to the Territory, and encouraging those already here to stay for the long term.  Seniors and retirees are a critical part of this strategy.

Proponents will required to develop a Local Industry Participation Plan as part of their proposal, to ensure maximum benefits for local businesses and employment.

Further work is being undertaken on potential development of seniors’ accommodation for the Alice Springs and Darwin urban areas.

The Registration for Interested Parties opens on 22 September 2018 and the EOI opens on 27 September 2018.  The EOI closes on 14 December 2018.  Market briefings and public information sessions will be held during October 2018.

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Quotes from Chief Minister Michael Gunner

“Private investment is critical to the Territory’s economy.  It creates jobs and opportunities.

“The Territory Labor Government has a strong record in facilitating private investment, and this project is exactly what we need right now, to create jobs and grow our population.

“We have some of the most compelling and attractive project investment opportunities in Australia right now, projects that drive diversity, productivity, development, revitalisation and participation.

“This Government has already provided $500 000 for feasibility studies and has now identified suitable land for development.

“This is a strategic job-creating project, designed to increase the number of Territorians choosing to live and remain in the Northern Territory, add to Rural Darwin’s attractiveness as a retirement location and respect, complement and enhance the environmental setting.”

Media Contact:  Cameron Angus – 0404 021 192