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Eva Lawler

Minister for Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics

Paul Kirby

Minister for Small Business and Member for Port Darwin

Media Release

$145 million Remaining Tender for Civic and State Square Precinct Revitalisation

6 April 2022

This month the Territory Labor Government will release a significant tender for the remaining elements of the Civic and State Square Precinct revitalisation.

The project is part of the historic Darwin City Deal and will transform the precinct into a welcoming and interactive green heart of the CBD.

The $145 million tender will deliver not only the construction of the State Square Art Gallery, but design and construction of the remaining Civic and State Square Precinct elements including:

Central Heart - a playful, shaded, flexible and active centrally located space for event as well as the everyday;State Square Art gallery - located adjacent the Central Heart with a generous grand veranda with cafes and room for events and festivals;tropical tree walk - a pedestrianised Smith Street with tall shelters for all year sun and rain protection;expansive events lawns - fully serviced for a vast array of festivals and events; andforecourts - generous pedestrianised forecourts to Parliament House and Supreme Court with welcoming and cooling water-features

A comprehensive masterplan for the precinct was completed in 2019, with work already underway and completed on a number of the infrastructure projects including:

demolition and greening of the Chan Building site;completion of the State Square underground carpark which includes the establishment of a sculpture garden;completion of the redevelopment of the former 90 bay Parliamentary car park to create public parkland and festival lawns; andLiberty Square – design commencing shortly with construction anticipated in late 2022.

Yesterday the Territory Government also awarded a $305,000 tender to Clouston Associates for the design of Liberty Square, a place within the Precinct that commemorates significant civic and cultural history.

For more information on this transformative investment visit Darwin City Deal | Activate Darwin ( []

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

“We are delivering the Civic and State Square Precinct revitalisation project, transforming Darwin’s CBD into an attractive, green and cool centre befitting of Northern Australia’s capital.

“A number of key elements are already delivered, including the State Square underground carpark, the Chan Building demolition and the transformation of bitumen carpark to an interconnected green space for festivals and public parkland.

“Issuing this tender enables industry to plan for the future and know there are jobs on the horizon for Territorians.”

Quotes attributed to the Member for Port Darwin and Minister for Small Business, Paul Kirby:

“We’re continuing to build more open, cool, green spaces for Territorians to enjoy across the CBD. Whether you’re there for an event or just to enjoy a quiet stroll with the family, this will be a fantastic space for everyone.

“It is our priority to support Territory businesses by creating more local jobs and boosting the number of visitors coming in to enjoy our CBD."

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