NI­COLE MANI­SON: Bar­ne­son Boule­vard is a vi­tal part of our plan to re­vi­talise our city and un­lock its po­ten­tial

Sunday Territorian - - NEWS - “We must plan and build for our fu­ture needs” Ni­cole Mani­son is the NT Trea­surer and Deputy Chief Min­is­ter

I BE­LIEVE the $40 mil­lion Bar­ne­son Boule­vard project will change the face of Dar­win CBD for the bet­ter.

Here’s why: Job cre­ation, bet­ter traf­fic flow, 150 ex­tra trees, a new cy­cle path, ac­ti­va­tion of the CBD and op­por­tu­ni­ties for busi­ness.

Dar­win is a fan­tas­tic city and cap­i­tal of North­ern Aus­tralia.

It’s a great place to live and work, raise a fam­ily, do busi­ness and in­vest in. We are a proud city with a long his­tory and a vi­brant, mul­ti­cul­tural com­mu­nity.

We need to grow our econ­omy and our pop­u­la­tion. These two el­e­ments are in­ex­tri­ca­bly linked and will help se­cure our fu­ture, to en­sure we can pro­vide the ser­vices, in­fra­struc­ture and fa­cil­i­ties we need and the life­style we love.

There is an enor­mous amount of work be­ing done by gov­ern­ment to re­vi­talise our CBD, in­clud­ing ini­tia­tives to cool down and “green” our city, tackle al­co­hol is­sues, cre­ate art spa­ces and ac­ti­vate our city.

Mak­ing Dar­win a more us­able, at­trac­tive, safe, cool and ac­tive city will ben­e­fit us all through in­vest­ment, busi­ness growth, tourism and so­cial en­gage­ment.

Bar­ne­son Boule­vard is a vi­tal part of our plan to re­vi­talise our city and un­lock its po­ten­tial.

It’s a “green” in­fra­struc­ture project for now and the fu­ture, cre­at­ing an iconic, leafy en­trance into Dar­win.

I un­der­stand there are con­cerns about the project but I want to as­sure Ter­ri­to­ri­ans that Bar­ne­son Boule­vard is smart, strate­gic plan­ning for our fu­ture.

The Ter­ri­tory’s pop­u­la­tion growth has slowed in the past few years but we will turn this around.

We must plan and build for our fu­ture needs to avoid the costly, dis­rup­tive prob­lems that have plagued south­ern ju­ris­dic­tions, where they didn’t plan for the fu­ture.

From a traf­fic per­spec­tive, Bar­ne­son Boule­vard will bet­ter dis­trib­ute traf­fic through­out the city in­clud­ing right into the heart of the CBD. It will re­duce com­mut­ing times and en­cour- age cy­cling through the cre­ation of new bike paths.

It’s also im­por­tant to un­der­stand the green­ing as­pect of Bar­ne­son Boule­vard is fun­da­men­tal to the project. For ev­ery sapling that is re­moved dur­ing con­struc­tion, four large shaded trees will be planted.

Of the $40 mil­lion bud­get jointly funded by the Aus­tralian and NT Gov­ern­ment and the City of Dar­win, a sig­nif­i­cant amount is for green­ing and land­scap­ing, in­clud­ing plant­ing 200 trees along the boule­vard (an in­crease of 150 trees).

A great deal of work has been un­der­taken over many years to plan and de­sign the best route, and to limit the im­pact on Frog Hol­low Park and old Dar­win Pri­mary School. Upon com­ple­tion of the project, 85 per cent of the cur­rent green space will re­main and Bar­ne­son Boule­vard will re­ac­ti­vate this part of the city and give it new life.

Ex­ten­sive con­sul­ta­tion with the com­mu­nity, in­clud­ing ten­ants at Frog Hol­low art precinct, nearby busi­nesses, com­muters and city res­i­dents took place over a num­ber of months and in­volved work­shops, Q & A ses­sions with tech­ni­cal ex­perts, one-on-one brief­ings and let­ter­box drops.

There is still more work to be done to make sure we get the land­scap­ing and green­ing right, and I en­cour­age you to have your say and con­trib­ute your ideas to the dis­cus­sions.

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