Issue 10
Monday, 03 December 2018
Charles Darwin University
E-news
Prime Minister Scott Morrison announces a new presence in Darwin City for CDU
Prime Minister Scott Morrison announces a new presence in Darwin City for CDU

CDU at centre of $200 Million City Deal

By Jon Taylor

The historic signing of the $200 million City Deal will see the creation of a new education and civic precinct on Cavenagh Street featuring a Charles Darwin University (CDU) campus.

The deal was announced recently by Prime Minister Scott Morrison, Chief Minister Michael Gunner and Darwin Lord Mayor Kon Vatskalis.

The three tiers of government want the Deal to turbo-charge the local economy and cement Darwin’s position as a liveable tropical capital city for generations to come.

The Prime Minister said the Deal would boost the local economy, create jobs and support the growth of local small businesses.

“Darwin is already a great place to live and work, and our investment in long-term infrastructure will ensure it remains such an attractive destination,” he said.

The City Deal includes immediate investment of $100 million each from the Australian and Northern Territory governments.

The centrepiece of the Deal will be the creation of a new education and civic precinct on Cavenagh Street with a CDU campus and retail, commercial and community spaces.

The Vice-Chancellor of CDU, Professor Simon Maddocks, welcomed the announcement.

“We can now progress the development of an iconic education and civic precinct that will form the heart of the Darwin City Deal,” Professor Maddocks said.

“This 10-year plan is exactly the impetus needed to re-energise and grow Darwin and the NT, and to propel CDU into its next major stage of development.

“The education and civic precinct in the city centre will provide the capital city of Northern Australia with the vibrant learning and living environment that international students expect.”

It’s estimated that the establishment of a new CDU city campus could increase economic output in the Darwin region by more than $250 million over the next 15 years and sustain an additional 100 jobs in the Darwin economy by 2023.

Chief Minister of the Northern Territory Michael Gunner said the City Deal was a recognition of Darwin’s status as the Capital of Northern Australia, and as an attractive place to live, work and invest.

The City Deal is available at W: citydeals.infrastructure.gov.au/Darwin