Boulevard of Darwin’s dreams almost open

The Garramilla Boulevard and Tiger Brennan Drive Stage3 project is almost complete.

The final section of Garramilla Boulevard has beenfinished and the boulevard will open to traffic at lunchtime tomorrow, givingcommuters a third entry point to travel to and from Darwin’s CBD.

This section of Garramilla Boulevard includes a newlylandscaped amphitheatre overlooking Frog Hollow Park, encouraging community andcultural events.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure,Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said he was pleased withthe quick progress of the project.

The overall project is expected to be completed morethan nine months ahead of schedule, Mr McCormack said.

This is a landmark transport project that hassupported hundreds of local jobs and will help unlock the potential of Darwinscity centre.

The Northern Territory Minister forInfrastructure, Planning and Logistics Eva Lawler said that GarramillaBoulevard along with other important revitalising projects would make Darwin amuch-loved destination for visitors, attracting new residents and encouragingbroader investment.

“Garramilla Boulevard is an attractive, modernentry route into our city, and showcases Darwin’s potential as Australia’sNorthern Capital and gateway to Asia. It is not just about creating a green,cool space to be used by the community. This vital link will reduce commutingtimes by dispersing traffic more equally throughout the CBD, Ms Lawler said.

“The project has supported more than 540 localjobs, and contractor Territoria Civil has worked hard to complete the boulevardnine months ahead of schedule, which is exciting for Darwin and its future.

“Over 200 shading trees have been planted liningthe new boulevard, as well as pathways for cyclists and pedestrians, seatingand an outdoor amphitheatre for the community to enjoy.”

City of Darwin Lord Mayor Kon Vatskalis said the Cityof Darwin is proud to be a part of the Garramilla Boulevard project.

The projecthas provided a unique opportunity for all levels of government to work togetherand we are delighted that it has been completed and delivered to the communityso far ahead of schedule.

“Thismajor road provides an attractive and important additional access route intoour city that will improve access and attract more people to the city centre,said Mr Vatskalis.

Senator for the Northern Territory Sam McMahon saidGarramilla Boulevard would showcase Darwins tropical appeal to tourists andinvestors.

The Australian Government has committed $29.5 millionto the Garramilla Boulevard and Tiger Brennan Drive Stage 3 project, DrMcMahon said.

This fantastic project will clear congestion, helpingDarwin locals and visitors get to their destinations sooner and safer.

Construction of the duplication of Tiger Brennan Driveis expected to be completed in the coming weeks.

A family open day will be held at Frog Hollow Parknear the new amphitheatre on Saturday 12 October 2019.

The Australian Government has committed $29.5 millionto the Garramilla Boulevard and Tiger Brennan Drive Stage 3 project, with theNorthern Territory Government committing $25 million and the City of Darwincommitting a further $5 million.

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