Cham­ber ex­cited for cash splash

Sunday Territorian - - NEWS - PHILLIPPA BUTT

THREE NT Gov­ern­ment in­fras­truc­ture ini­tia­tives have been given the tick of ap­proval from the busi­ness com­mu­nity, ahead of ten­ders be­ing re­leased in com­ing weeks.

The NT Gov­ern­ment will spend just un­der $40 mil­lion to build a 450-space, three level un­der­ground carpark, trial a heat mit­i­ga­tion project in Cave­nagh St and con­trib­ute to the Bar­ne­son Blvd project.

NT Cham­ber of Com­merce deputy chief ex­ec­u­tive Brian O’Gal­lagher said he wel­comed the an­nounce­ment that the projects were go­ing ahead.

“It’s a good boost to lo­cal busi­ness con­fi­dence and we’re happy they’re about to com­mence,” he said.

“We cer­tainly hope they’ll be max­imis­ing lo­cal in­dus­try par­tic­i­pa­tion — we would def­i­nitely hope lo­cal com­pa­nies are in­volved in all of th­ese projects.”

Mr O’Gal­lagher called for more money to be in­vested into Ter­ri­tory in­fras­truc­ture in the 2018/19 Budget.

“One of the things we’re look­ing for­ward to hope­fully see­ing is fur­ther in­vest­ment in strate­gic in­fras­truc­ture across the North­ern Ter­ri­tory, which will boost busi­ness con­fi­dence in the NT,” he said.

In a state­ment to the Sun­day Ter­ri­to­rian yes­ter­day, Trea­surer and In­fras­truc­ture Min­is­ter Ni­cole Mani­son said the up­com­ing budget would in­clude two ad­di­tional CBD re­vi­tal­i­sa­tion projects.

The NT Gov­ern­ment has put aside $3 mil­lion for the ad­di­tional projects, but it’s not known what they will en­tail.

Ms Mani­son said the un­der­ground carpark would cre­ate 60 con­struc­tion jobs and 165 other jobs to sup­port the project, and that it would help to re­duce heat in the Dar­win CBD.

“Build­ing the un­der­ground carpark will un­lock more green space in the city by re­plac­ing three ex­ist­ing heat gen­er­at­ing carparks whilst re­tain­ing the land­scape of the cur­rent Par­lia­ment House Greens on the cor­ner of Ben­nett and Mitchell Streets,” she said.

“The cur­rent heat gen­er­at­ing car parks will be re­de­vel­oped as cool and shaded park­lands to sup­port pub­lic events and im­prove con­nec­tiv­ity.”

The un­der­ground carpark will also pro­vide a fu­ture cy­clone shelter for up to 600 peo­ple, and will op­er­ate on a 24hour ba­sis.

The Cave­nagh St heat mit­i­ga­tion trial, which is be­ing done with com­bined fund­ing from Dar­win coun­cil, will see a 50m long green street canopy over the street and cool sur­face treat­ments painted on to the road sur­face.

Tem­po­rary planter boxes for medium scale trees and gar­den walls will also be in­stalled.

It’s ex­pected work will be­gin on all three projects in com­ing weeks, soon af­ter the ten­ders are awarded.

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