Alice Springs to get shadier, but with more CCTV as part of revitalisation project

by | Jun 5, 2020 | News | 0 comments

Alice Springs’ CBD is set to gain additional CCTV cameras, LED lights, shade structures and more native trees as part of a $20 million revitalisation project. 

Concept designs have been released by the NT Government for the Alice Springs CBD revitalisation project, which is a result of recent heat mapping studies and a Crime Prevention through Environmental Design report.

Alice Springs CBD will gain a series of shade structures and native trees to make cooler pathways for pedestrians, including a large shaded space on Leichhardt Tce.

Streetlights will also be upgraded to LED lights, and CCTV cameras with additional lights will be installed in Billy Goat Hill, Trevor Reid Park, Stott Tce Bridge, Leichhardt Tce, and Todd St.

The project will extend the network of pedestrian and cyclist wayfinding routes into the CBD from the heritage area.

CCTV will cover pedestrian linkages around key walking paths.

The project features designs developed by GHD Woodhead architects and will be constructed in four packages of works that will be tendered separately and spread over the next two financial years, 2020-2021 and 2021-2022.

Member for Braitling Dale Wakefield said seventy local jobs would be supported by the project during the construction phase.

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

Of the $20 million budget, $15 million has been allocated for CBD revitalisation projects, and $5 million for the Breaking the Cycle of Crime plan.

The Alice Springs Town Council has also committed $2.2 million to support the project.

“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,” Alice Springs Town Council Mayor Damien Ryan said.

The second phase of the revitalisation plan includes a Kwatja (Water) Play Space and a Car Parking Review.

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