Transforming Darwin City

transforming darwin city

Following a successful campaign seeking ideas to help improve Darwin city, Activate Darwin is now asking the public to have their say and vote for the ideas they would like to see implemented.

The Transforming Public Spaces Challenge received more than 90 submissions, with ideas ranging from ways to improve walkability in the city, to new events and activations, as well as public art and greening.

Activate Darwin’s advisory board has shortlisted the applications, marking each submission against a number of criteria before putting just over 40 ideas forward for public consideration.

The Challenge aims to help revitalise the city’s public spaces to make them more liveable and loveable, which will help to attract more tourists and residents and make Darwin city a better place to live, work and visit.

With a total pool of $200,000 available, the top-ranked individual projects will be eligible for up to $20,000 in grant funding each to help bring their ideas to life.

Projects from the challenge will continue to support transformation in the city centre, as well as empower local businesses and community members to help implement changes and create positive action for the city.

Voting for the Transforming Public Spaces Challenge is open until Monday, 25 November 2019, with the winning ideas to be announced in December.

To view all of the shortlisted ideas and cast your vote, visit and click ‘The Challenge’.

The $200,000 in funding for the Transforming Public Spaces Challenge is allocated within the 2019/20 Activate Darwin budget.

To be attributed to Activate Darwin Transforming Public Spaces Subcommittee Chair, Jason Hanna:

“The response we received from the community was overwhelming, with more than 90 creative and innovative submissions being put forward.

“The panel had a difficult time shortlisting the submissions. The quality of the ideas and the innovation was excellent; we’ve got some really creative people in Darwin!

“We’re excited to see these ideas come to life and we’re looking forward to seeing which ideas the public votes for.”