Transforming Public Spaces Challenge – Now Open!

transforming public spaces

Do you live, work, play or study in Darwin city? Activate Darwin’s Advisory Board wants to hear your ideas for how to make public spaces in the city better!

We’ve got funds to invest in your ideas to create, activate or improve public spaces in Darwin City (from Cullen Bay to the Waterfront). Any individual, for-profit, not-for-profit, group or government agency can apply. No idea is too small or too big and all ideas must be in Darwin city.

There are three categories in the challenge:

  • Walkable city
  • Greener city
  • Activated city

Submissions close: September 30, 11:59 pm

The Activate Darwin Advisory Board will shortlist projects that best meet the objectives, and then the public can vote on their favourite ideas. Voting will be open from 15 October – 15 November, and successful projects must be delivered by 30 June 2020.

Find out more and submit your ideas at

Some things to consider:

We’re looking for new solutions that create immediate impact for residents, visitors or businesses – get creative! It might be shading, or wayfinding, whimsical art installations, markets or pop up events.

Ultimately, creating a better Darwin city is about more than infrastructure – relationships and activation are just as important. Re-imagine what a better connected city community would like.

Why should you get involved?

– You have an idea that would make it easier, safer or more enjoyable to spend time in the city
– You want to be part of a movement that’s helping to create a city that is more connected, greener, cooler or just more fun to be in!
– You want to work with Activate Darwin to move the city forward.
– You want to put your talent and skills to use and have an impact on the place you live.

What happens if you win?

Activate Darwin will provide the funds and we’ll work with local partners to provide the technical support to bring your idea to life, if needed.