Social and community infrastructure planning for a growing Darwin

Client: NT Department of Lands, Planning and the Environment
Location: Darwin, Northern Territory

With the population of Darwin’s inner and middle suburbs forecast to nearly double over the next 30-40 years, Elton Consulting has been engaged to identify future social infrastructure requirements and examine options to secure their delivery.

With a strategy to increase housing supply and choice in areas with good infrastructure and high amenity, it is anticipated that this population growth will occur through urban renewal and housing densification along the Stuart Highway Corridor and key activity centres. 

The project considered the demographic characteristics of the existing and forecast future populations of the study areas and provided an assessment of existing social infrastructure, gaps and shortcomings.  Principles, guidelines and benchmarks to guide the planning of social infrastructure were provided and requirements for additional or upgraded facilities, services and areas of open space to meet future needs were identified.

The final reports set out a number of recommendations to guide the future planning of the areas to ensure that social infrastructure is in place for the future population of the area. 

The reports have been used by the NT Planning Commission in the development of Area Plans. These are comprehensive planning framework documents to be incorporated into the NT Planning Scheme.