City of Darwin has announced a $91.5 million capital works budget as part of Council’s Draft 2021/22 Municipal Plan, which features community infrastructure improvements, smart technology and environment initiatives.

This builds on the Council’s 202/2021 $77.77 million capital works program.

Lord Mayor Kon Vatskalis, said, “This Council has worked extremely hard during their term for its community, with a total capital investment of around $230 million. This is more than $100 million greater than any other term in the history of the City of Darwin.

“The record 2021/22 capital expenditure will deliver economic stimulus to our city and important community infrastructure including the Casuarina Aquatic and Leisure Centre and the Civic Centre redevelopment projects.”

Key elements of the draft 2021/22 Municipal Plan include:

  • $55 million to deliver the Casuarina Aquatic and Leisure Centre and Civic Centre redevelopments
  • $4.1 million investment in sports and recreation infrastructure
  • $14 million Shoal Bay Waste Management facility cell capping
  • $9.3 million to maintain parks and green spaces across the municipality
  • $3.3 million Lee Point Road upgrade
  • $2.25 million Velodrome improvements
  • $2.1 million Better Suburbs and enhancements projects
  • $1.9 million towards creating a safer Darwin
  • $1.4 million stormwater upgrades and reconstruction
  • $1.3 million tree establishment program.

Council continues to collaborate and partner with the Northern Territory and Federal Governments, peak industry groups and key stakeholders to ensure opportunities are realised for the betterment of the community.

“The 2021/22 Municipal Plan aims to deliver a better city. Better suburbs, with the budgeted capital expense spread across the community – it’s a budget for our suburbs,” Mr Vatskalis said.

“This budget is responsible, resilient and sustainable, funded through a mix of operational savings, loan borrowings and utilisation of reserves.”

The Draft 2021/22 City of Darwin Municipal Plan was endorsed at the Special Council Meeting on Tuesday, 18 May 2021 and is available for public display and submissions until 5pm Wednesday, 9 June 2021. 

The draft plan can be viewed at https://engage.darwin.nt.gov.au/2021-22-municipal-plan  or by visiting Darwin Civic Centre, Harry Chan Avenue, Darwin, between 8:00am and 5:00pm Monday to Friday.

Written submissions can be submitted via https://engage.darwin.nt.gov.au/2021-22-municipal-plan or email engage@darwin.nt.gov.au or phone 8930 0300.

All feedback will be considered by Council in adopting the final 2021/22 Municipal Plan at the Ordinary Council Meeting scheduled to be held on Tuesday, 29 June 2021. 

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