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Cavenagh Street Heat Mitigation

Cavenagh Street Heat Mitigation is an NT Government Project.

A heat mapping study undertaken in the Darwin CBD demonstrated high level surface temperatures exceeding 60 degrees in a few locations, including Cavenagh Street.

The Northern Territory Government and its Darwin City Deal partners are trialling a series of heat mitigation initiatives that will help reduce surface and air temperatures in our tropical city and rejuvenate Darwin’s CBD. Heat mapping of Darwin city centre identified Cavenagh Street as one of the hottest locations in the city.

Other CBD initiatives being undertaken by the City of Darwin and Northern Territory Government include:

  • Shade structures and new trees as part of the upgrade of the Cavenagh and Bennett Street intersections improving the tourist experience.
  • Greening the Street - planter boxes for medium scale trees and garden walls for instant greenery.
  • Cool surface treatments - new technology paints to reflect UV, and alternate road mix and pavement products along Cavenagh Street.
  • Environmental monitoring - through sensors installed as part of the Switching on Darwin Smart Cities project.

Stage 2

Stage 2 work to mitigate heat impacts on Cavenagh St are expected to be completed by May 2019.

The works will require temporary traffic changes in Cavenagh Street, between Knuckey and Bennett Street.
Partial lane closures and night works will occur as these works progress, with signage and traffic control in place to direct motorists and pedestrians during the works.
Road users are requested to show caution in this area and obey all traffic management control and devices.
The temporary change in traffic conditions will enable the works to be undertaken in a timely and safe manner; whilst also minimising disruptions to the community.

Stage 2 - Works include:

  • The planting of 29 new shaded trees
  • Light coloured and heat reflective road surface treatments to reduce pavement surface temperatures
  • Excavation and construction of tree pits
  • Excavation and construction of median garden beds for tree planting and ground covers
  • New road pavements

Cavenagh Street Heat Mitigation - Stage 2 works fact sheet 24/01/2019

Current Works

Works have begun on stage 2 of the Cavenagh Street Heat Mitigation trial.

Partial lane closures and night works will occur between Knuckey and Bennet Streets as these works progress.

There will be signage and traffic control in place to direct motorists and pedestrians during the works.

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Stage 1

Stage 1 works have been completed.

The Northern Territory Government is committed to revitalising the CBD, and will continue to work with the Australian Government, City of Darwin and Charles Darwin University on the development of a Darwin City Deal.

More information

This is an NTG project so for more information please visit Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics website or contact the communications consultant looking after this project directly via email or phone:

08 8946 5218

Last modified 
30 Jul 2019

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