DIPL construction update

Barneson Boulevard Construction Update
25 June 2018

Barneson Boulevard will have a tropical, urban feel and will support further economic development and activation in the Darwin CBD, including enhancing public spaces.

From Monday 25 June the removal of 50 trees will take place as part of the project.

Greening is fundamental to the Barneson Boulevard project with $7 million set aside in the budget for landscaping including a portion of funds for public art. Approximately 200 new shade trees will be planted along the new road, with 85% of the area transformed into active green space, including an outdoor amphitheatre, seating and shade structures.

Three significant native trees have also been identified by an arborist as being able to be successfully relocated. A large Milk Wood, a Small Ficus and a Tamarind Tree will be relocated to the Darwin Waterfront precinct.

NT Parks wildlife rangers will be working with our contractor during the tree felling works to ensure the fauna in the area is appropriately identified and relocated.

The site of works will soon be fenced off and parking in the area will be impacted during the tree removal and felling operation, which will continue for approximately three days.

Construction of Barneson Boulevard is expected to be complete by mid-2020 and upon completion 85% of the current green space will remain.

Increasing employment in mining

As reported by Australian Mining 12th July 2018:
Northern Territory
Rising optimism is fuelling demand for heavy diesel fitters with experience on specific machinery such as Cat, Komatsu and Liebherr.
Auto electricians are sought, with contractors looking for candidates with experience using the particular machinery used onsite in additional to strong previous industry experience.
Refrigeration technicians are required across a number of sites in the Territory, however there is a shortage of suitable candidates.
NDT technicians with specific certificates within the trade are needed. There are candidates interstate who are available for longer rosters such as 2:1/2:2, but there is only a small pool of candidates in the Territory who are available for Monday to Friday rosters.
All-round operators are in demand too. Sites require candidates with broad experience operating dozers, excavators and articulated dump trucks.

Barneson Boulevard update

Friday 18th May 2018

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, Michael McCormack, said the Australian Government has now committed $29.5 million to the Barneson Boulevard and Tiger Brennan Drive Stage 3 project. The Territory government is providing $10.8 million to the project (that includes additional funding for landscaping following community consultation), and City of Darwin is contributing $5.0 million.

“The new Barneson Boulevard link and the final stage of duplication of Tiger Brennan Drive will support approximately 80 jobs through the construction phase and provide major improvements to traffic flows into Darwin’s CBD” said Michael McCormack when he announced commencement of construction works on the new road.

Senator for the Northern Territory Nigel Scullion said the Barneson Boulevard project was vital to the future development of the CBD, and “will unlock the CBD fringes to provide for further growth and investment in the territory’s capital”.

Nicole Manison, Northern Territory Minister for Infrastructure¬† Planning and Logistics, said “the new road construction was part of the Government’s plan to revitalise the CBD and create new jobs. Extensive landscaping works associated with the new roads would achieve an iconic new entry to Darwin”.

The road works tender was awarded to Territoria Civil and is expected to be fully completed mid 2020. Stage 1 past Precinct on Barneson site is due to be completed early in 2019.