In 2008 Tract developed a Revitalisation Funding Submission to the Federal Government on behalf of Darwin City Council. Tract's passion for the Revitalisation and Activation of the Darwin City Centre Mall and surrounding city streets was clearly evident in the quality and clarity of the submission and to our delight was successful in securing funding to enliven and enhance the city heart.
This eight million dollar urban works project spanned three city blocks with over a kilometre of enhanced streetscape and was a stimulus project funded by all levels of government together with private sector investment. This public and private sector partnership centred on the creation of active, vibrant and inclusive public spaces. Central to the project and particularly the public art strategy was acknowledging and engaging with the Larrakia people, the traditional owners of the land and waters of the greater Darwin Region.
Upon securing funding, Tract lead the design and delivery of this complex but ultimately rewarding project. The core design focus was to update and activate the mall through improved shade, artwork, street dining, tropical amenity and equitable access. Allied to the Mall improvements were a series of tree and seating upgrades to surrounding streets to enhance the walkability and comfort of the inner city street network whilst rationalising on-street parking.
The key success of the project has been the considerable improvement in street activity catalysed by reconnecting the heart of this tropical city to its unique natural setting through attractive, contextual, safe and accessible street and public park linkages. Ultimately the project recognised, passionately advocated and delivered these linkages by valuing the integral role of streets and parks in defining the unique tropical character of the city and in promoting Darwin as a distinctively Australian place.