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Alice CBD to dial up vibrancy

- LEE ROBINSON

CONSTRUCTI­ON has commenced on a major component of the Alice Springs CBD Revitalisa­tion project, with more works set to begin later this month.

The River Activation Space, to be located on the corner of Parsons St and Leichhardt Tce, will deliver a large shaded space with good natural surveillan­ce, seating and even USB charging points and free Wi-Fi.

The new site makes up part of the NT government’s $20m investment in the project, which aims to reinvigora­te and create a safer and more vibrant Alice Springs CBD for residents and visitors to enjoy.

Of the investment, $15m has been allocated for CBD revitalisa­tion projects and $5m for the Breaking the Cycle of Crime plan.

Overall, there have been three main works packages tendered separately, with constructi­on expected to be completed in 2022.

The projects will support more than 70 Alice Springs jobs during the constructi­on phase and more afterwards – including Alice Springs businesses benefiting from the upgrades.

The spaces have been developed in collaborat­ion with the Alice Springs Town Council.

Infrastruc­ture, Planning and Logistics Minister Eva Lawler said the works were a key part of its strategy to strengthen the Territory’s economic recovery.

“Revitalisi­ng our cities and bolstering private investment is how this government is cementing

the Territory as the comeback capital of Australia,” she said.

“This is an important economic rebound project that will create jobs and ensures the long-term growth and liveabilit­y of Alice Springs.”

Central Australian Reconstruc­tion Minister Chansey Paech said the initiative­s were

positive steps towards making Alice Springs a cooler, greener and safer place both for residents and tourists alike.

“We have consulted with businesses and other stakeholde­rs, such as the Alice Springs Town Council, that have helped to shape our vision to create a vibrant town centre,” he said.

“Our beautiful Red Centre gets incredibly hot during the summer months and that’s why we have developed these really cool plans to attract people into the CBD.

“A more dynamic town centre with modern facilities will be a huge boost to our businesses, with more jobs for our locals and a healthier economy for Alice Springs.”

 ??  ?? An artist impression of the River Activation Space. Picture: Supplied
An artist impression of the River Activation Space. Picture: Supplied

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