Major Darwin City Deal project on track for 2024 completion

The Charles Darwin University Education and Community Precinct is scheduled to completed by 2024, the first Annual Progress Report on the Darwin City Deal shows.

Work on the $250 million precinct, which is expected to attract more international students to Darwin and inject about $600 million into the local economy, began in October.

The Annual Progress Report, launched in Darwin this week, indicated key aspects of the revitalisation of Civic and State Square have also been completed, including landscaping on top of the State Square underground carpark.

Other projects in the Deal already underway include the CSIRO-led Darwin Living Lab, which is developing evidence-based approaches to tropical urban living, and the redevelopment of Stokes Hill, which together with the Larrakia Cultural Centre, will celebrate and showcase the cultural and spiritual significance of the Stokes Hill sacred site.

Darwin Lord Mayor Kon Vatskalis said: “The last two years have seen the completion of significant investments, with the ‘Switching on Darwin’ project being delivered and the ongoing presence of #SmartDarwin.

“These projects are a testament to everyone involved who managed to stay on track to deliver Darwin City Deal commitments through what has been a uniquely challenging year.”