Revitalising Alice

The Territory Labor Government’s Alice Springs CBD Revitalisation project design concepts have now been released.

The new Alice Springs CBD designs will ensure that the town is ready to welcome visitors post COVID-19 as well as transform the precinct into a greener, cooler, safer and more modern space for Central Australians to enjoy.

The designs were developed by GHD Woodhead architects and engineers, and incorporates findings from the recent heat mapping studies, the Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design report and wayfinding strategy for Alice Springs.

The designs include:

  • Shade structures and native trees will be placed strategically around the Alice Springs CBD to assist in developing cooler pathways for pedestrians
  • Streetlights will be upgraded to brighter LED lights within the CBD with additional lights and CCTV cameras being installed to light up Billy Goat Hill, Trevor Reid Park, Stott Tce Bridge, Leichhardt Tce and Todd St (CCTV only)
  • Construction of a large shaded space on Leichhardt Tce. This space will take advantage of the Todd River outlook and include good visibility with clear lines of sight, shading, seating, CCTV, Wi-Fi during the day and will be well-lit at night
  • The project will extend the network of pedestrian and cyclist wayfinding routes into the CBD from the Heritage area south of the CBD and from the train station. Pedestrian linkages around key walking paths will also be covered by CCTV

Overall, there are four packages of works that will be tendered separately and spread over the next two financial years (2020/21 and 2021/22). The project will support more than 70 local jobs during the construction phase.

The Territory Labor Government is investing $20 million to reinvigorate and create a safer and more vibrant Alice Springs CBD for locals and visitors to enjoy. Through this investment, $15 million has been allocated for CBD revitalisation projects, and $5 million towards the Breaking the Cycle of Crime plan.

The Alice Springs Town Council has endorsed the designs and identified $2.2 million to support the CBD Revitalisation project.

The second phase of the Alice Springs CBD Revitalisation plan includes a Kwatja (Water) Play Space and a Car Parking Review.

Quotes from Member for Braitling, Dale Wakefield

“Now more than ever during COVID-19 times, we are fast-tracking projects that will create jobs and long-term growth. The CBD Revitalisation project will turn the centre of our town into a greener, safer, cooler and more modern place.

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

“The Alice Springs CBD Revitalisation project is in addition to other CBD initiatives which includes the Alice Street Art Project, Street Art Festival, extension of Parrtjima into Todd Mall, and the establishment of the Alcoota Megafauna Central.”

Quotes from Mayor of Alice Springs Town Council, Damien Ryan

“Alice Springs Town Council has made a financial commitment and is keen to work with the NT Government in progressing the CBD Revitalisation to ensure a great outcome.

“We have some wonderful visitor venues already located around the CBD, but improved shading, safety, pathways, and greater connectivity will benefit our residential community as well.”

To view the Alice Springs CBD Revitalisation Design Concepts, click here.

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