Charles Darwin University contract boosts local jobs

TK Constructions Director, Thomas Kelly and SHAPE Australia Project Manager, Nathan Whitfield inspect plans for the site hoarding of the Education and Community Precinct. SHAPE Australia are installing signage and hoarding with its local contactor, Darwin company TK Constructions.

A local Darwin company has kicked off work on the site for Charles Darwin University’s (CDU) new Education and Community Precinct.

Shape Australia won a $200,000 contract to install hoardings and signage on site.

Its five-strong local team form part of the 730 jobs supported during construction, which includes 350 jobs on-site and 380 jobs across the supply chain.

Federal Minister for Population, Cities and Urban Infrastructure Alan Tudge said site preparations would quickly pave the way for construction on the CDU precinct.

“With communities and businesses right across the nation reeling from the impacts of COVID-19, we know that every single construction job we can support will make a world of difference,” Mr Tudge said.

“Building this world-class university campus is also expected to provide a $600 million boost to the Darwin economy over a 30-year period and create an estimated 54 ongoing jobs every year.

“It will make Darwin even more alive than it already is, boosting local businesses like cafés, restaurants, bars and retail stores by attracting an influx of students and visitors.”

The Morrison Government fast-tracked $74.8 million to bring forward construction on the new precinct.

The precinct was designed to create a hive of activity in the Darwin CBD with centrepiece of the precinct a new state-of-the-art CDU city campus to promote Darwin as a centre of excellence for education in Northern Australia while delivering a better, more seamless student experience.

It will also bring together library and community facilities to establish a dynamic and engaging hub in the heart of the city for locals to enjoy.

CDU Vice-Chancellor Professor Simon Maddocks welcomed the news, saying the precinct was critical to the university’s future success.

“This precinct will help us meet future student demands while offering a state-of-the-art learning facility for the Darwin community to come together and share ideas,” Professor Maddocks said.

“This announcement builds on the momentum achieved by the recent approval of a $151.5 million loan from the Australian Government’s Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility to secure the expansion of our Darwin campus.

“I look forward to seeing this new piece of our university take shape, with construction expected to be complete in time for the 2024 academic year.”

The City Deal is a joint initiative of the Australian and Northern Territory governments and the City of Darwin.