City of Darwin has commenced a $1.6M suburban streetscape beautification program, with landscaping at the Wagaman Shopping area the first of 8 projects to be completed by 30 June 2020.
Each of Darwin’s four Wards have been allocated $360,000 for local projects, with each of the projects identified by Ward Aldermen.
Lord Mayor Kon Vatskalis said that the projects, whilst small, would make a real difference to streetscapes in local suburban areas.
“The eight projects we have identified all focus on improving the amenity of our suburbs through landscaping, including colourful garden beds, irrigated turf, tree planting, seating and urban infrastructure.”
“These projects are in highly visible areas and will add colour, greenery and cooling to our suburban streets and shopping areas.”
All the landscaping projects will incorporate plant species that require minimal maintenance, and works are being undertaken by City of Darwin’s experienced landscaping team, supported by local contractors.
The Wagaman Shopping area will receive a much needed facelift with ground cover including Dwarf Gardenia, shrubs including Mock Orange and Flax Lily and trees including White Gum, Nut Horsielda and Silver Cajuput.
“All of these plants are hardy and suited to conditions here in the Top End,” said Lord Mayor Vatskalis.
“Our focus is on planting the right tree in the right place and we expect these trees to thrive and add real vibrancy to these local areas.”
City of Darwin committed more than $5.8M to beautification projects in the 2019/20 Municipal Plan and Budget, including $3.7M for upgrades to Daly Street, $1.1M for tree planting across the municipality and $1M for community infrastructure projects.