Design tenders have been released for the $15 million Alice Springs Central Business District (CBD) Revitalisation in the Northern Territory.
Construction tenders for the projects will be released in the second half of 2019, with all projects expected to be completed by early 2020.
The project is part of the Territory Government’s $20 million investment into improving the safety and vibrancy of the Alice Springs CBD. The other $5 million will go towards the Breaking the Cycle of Youth Crime plan.
Heat mitigation upgrades will be part of the project to create a cooler environment in the CBD. This will include strategically located and connected landscape initiatives to encourage pedestrian activities.
Crime prevention through environmental design will be used to improve safety through a variety of design initiatives, including improved lighting, identified safe zones and a more inviting streetscape.
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A Kwatja (Water) play space will also be built to provide a shaded, educational play place for children to appeal to families.
Additionally, a car parking review will be undertaken to review the current and future needs for car parking in the CBD.
These initiatives were identified by the Inland Capital Committee, a joint initiative between the Territory Government and Alice Springs Town Council.
The projects will aim to complement the Territory Government’s investments into Alice Springs, which include the Live Alice Mparntwe Arts program, the Alice Springs Street Art Festival, and the establishment of Alcoota Megafauna Central.
Member for Braitling Dale Wakefield said the Territory Government is doing everything it can to attract visitors to the CBD.
“A vibrant CBD is also a safer CBD. That is why a crucial part of our investment is on the Breaking the Cycle of youth crime in Alice Springs,” Wakefield said.
“The four Alice Springs revitalisation projects will breathe life into the CBD with exciting possibilities through science, art, and activities. Our vision is for a cool, safer, and more modern Alice Springs – the Inland Capital of Australia.”