Even more CCTV and lighting in central Alice Springs but also street trees and shade structures are features of the NT Government’s design concepts, released today.
They are part of what will make the CBD “a greener, safer, cooler and more modern place”, says Member for Braitling Dale Wakefield.
The four packages of works to be tendered separately and spread over the next two financial years do not include the Kwatja (Water) Play Space. This will become part of a second stage, as will a car parking review.
Plans ready to go include construction of a large shaded space (at top and below) on Leichhardt Terrace: “This space will take advantage of the Todd River outlook and include good visibility with clear lines of sight, shading, seating, CCTV, Wi-Fi during the day and will be well-lit at night.”
Other works are:
Shade structures and native trees placed strategically around the Alice Springs CBD to assist in developing cooler pathways for pedestrians.
Streetlights upgraded to brighter LED lights within the CBD with additional lights and CCTV cameras installed to light up Billy Goat Hill, Trevor Reid Park, Stott Terrace Bridge, Leichhardt Terrace and Todd Street (CCTV only).
An extended network of pedestrian and cyclist wayfinding routes into the CBD from the Heritage area south of the CBD and from the train station. Pedestrian linkages around key walking paths will also be covered by CCTV.
The designs were developed by GHD Woodhead architects and engineers, and incorporate findings from the recent heat mapping studies, the Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design report and wayfinding strategy for Alice Springs.
The project will support more than 70 local jobs during the construction phase.
It is part of a $20m investment, with $15m allocated for CBD revitalisation, and $5m put towards the Breaking the Cycle of Crime plan.
The Town Council has endorsed the designs and backed the project with a $2.2m allocation.
Says Ms Wakefield: “This is an important economic rebound project that will create jobs and ensures the long-term growth and liveability of our town.”
The project comes in addition to other CBD initiatives, she says, including the Alice Street Art Project, Street Art Festival, extension of Parrtjima into Todd Mall, and the establishment of the Alcoota Megafauna Central.
Mayor Damien Ryan is quoted in the release as saying: “We have some wonderful visitor venues already located around the CBD, but improved shading, safety, pathways, and greater connectivity will benefit our residential community as well.”
Your CBD, their plans – comment on the process by KIERAN FINNANE.