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Revitalising Our CBD – Austin Lane Complete

The Territory Labor Government is transforming Darwin’s CBD with infrastructure works in Austin Lane to bring in more visitors and locals now completed. 

The Northern Territory Government has delivered this project in partnership with the Australian Government and the City of Darwin through a 10-year, $200 million Darwin City Deal.

Austin Lane has two new covered walkways, newly planted trees, seating and the kerbing has been upgraded. This will make it easier for commuters travelling between Cavenagh Street, Austin Lane and the Smith Street Mall.

Local business PTM Group delivered the works, which supported more than 40 local jobs.

Consultation has begun with property owners and businesses in the area on the design and construction of additional infrastructure and services to support community activities and events in Austin Lane and Spain Place, such as street parties and festivals.

These works form part of a broader vision for a cooler, revitalised CBD that includes the Civic and State Square Masterplan Redevelopment, which will unlock further areas for the whole community to enjoy.

To complement this, works on the native garden landscape above the State Square Underground Car Park have also started.

All of these works are about making the CBD a better place to work in and visit, and we’re creating jobs along the way. 

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Quotes from the Minister for Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics, Eva Lawler:

“Our economy is on the road to recovery, and we’re doing it with jobs, not cuts.

“The Territory Labor Government is backing Territory businesses – making sure that local jobs come first and this project has supported more than 40 local jobs.

“Our Government is doing critical work that will further shape our Darwin city into a place where people want to visit, stay and invest.

“This project is one of several initiatives currently underway around the CBD, which will create more open, green space for people to meet and experience the Territory outdoor lifestyle.”

Quotes from the Member for Port Darwin, Paul Kirby:

“Darwin city is on its way to becoming a tropical, green, cool and shaded oasis that is going to provide more opportunities for engaging experiences for visitors and locals.

“Our Government continues to make Darwin CBD a more vibrant and attractive space for people to enjoy.

“This is about making it easier for people to get between Cavenagh Street, Austin Lane and the Smith Street Mall – increasing foot traffic into our local businesses and supporting local jobs.”

Quotes from the City of Darwin, Lord Mayor, Kon Vatskalis:

“City of Darwin is committed to revitalising our City and projects like the Austin Lane covered walkways and landscaping of the State Square Underground Carpark add greenery, colour and cool our CBD.

“Through the Darwin City Deal the City of Darwin, the Northern Territory and Federal Governments are focussed on creating a city that is vibrant, liveable and economically diverse.”


Media Contact: Ellie Clancy 0436 646 689