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Cooler City, More Jobs: Cavenagh Shade Structure Construction Complete

Construction of the Territory Labor Government’s innovative $2.7 million Cavenagh Shade Structure is now complete.

This major revitalisation project has supported over 60 jobs during construction including 12 indigenous employees.

Vines for the 55 metre shade structure have now been planted in the centre median planter boxes and include two types of vines – the Rangoon Creeper vine and Orange Trumpet vine. These plant species are expected to grow to full size in 12 to 18 months.

The project is part of Government’s plan to revitalise Darwin’s CBD through transformative projects that will position Darwin as a cool, tropical, world-renowned destination, attract more people and create jobs.

In partnership with the City of Darwin, Government is delivering:

·        Shade structures, new trees and a green wall as part of upgrades to the Bennett and Smith Street intersections (this work is currently out to tender)

·        Greening the street – planter boxes for medium scale trees and garden walls for instant greenery

·        Cool surface treatments – next year new technology paints to reflect UV, and alternate road mix and pavement products along Cavenagh Street will commence.

·        Environmental monitoring – with heat sensors installed, themed lighting and planting work to continue into early November with minimal impacts to traffic and surrounding businesses.

Quotes from Minister Manison:

“We came to Government with a plan to create jobs, invest in infrastructure and improve the lives of all Territorians. We are delivering on that plan.

“Creating jobs is my top priority, and the Cavenagh Shade Structure — along with other CBD projects currently underway — will see more than 550 construction jobs for Territorians”.

“This project is a progressive step to deliver a cooler city centre, attracting visitors and boosting the local economy.

“We have listened to the community and to small businesses, and are investing $100 million towards CBD transformation projects that will ensure Darwin is a thriving, cool capital city, a destination to visit and a place to call home”.

Media Contact: Hannah Farmer 0428 497 154