Early works will begin soon on the new Charles Darwin University City Campus with tenders expected to be issued to shortlisted contractors shortly.
The works have been enabled by the transfer of the Cavenagh Street carpark from Darwin City Council to the university. This means decision making for the project is now under the control of the Northern Territory Government and Charles Darwin University.
Construction of the new campus is expected to bring hundreds of new staff and thousands of students into the Darwin CBD and create a significant amount of construction jobs.
Analysis by Deloitte Access Economics has found that the inner-city campus could increase economic output in the Darwin region by more than $250 million during the next 15 years and sustain an extra 100 jobs in the Darwin economy by 2023.
The education precinct is a $225 million project which is expected to be complete and operational in 2024. It is part of the $200 million Darwin City Deal.
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NT Chief Minister Michael Gunner said the Territory Government is revitalising the Darwin CBD to bring students into the city centre to support businesses and jobs.
“This is just another part of our work to make sure the Territory bounces back strong after the coronavirus crisis,” Gunner said.
“Getting major projects started as fast as possible allows for jobs to be created now, and for local businesses to be supported now.
“This is about getting our tradies out on the tools working on worthwhile, quality infrastructure.”
Member for Port Darwin Paul Kirby said the Territory Government continues to make Darwin’s CBD a more vibrant and attractive place for people to enjoy.
“This landmark initiative will be a key driver in revitalising our CBD and making it a much loved destination for visitors, attracting new residents and encouraging broader investment. This is also a boost to local business and a boost for local jobs,” Kirby said.