Innovative heat trial to cool Darwin CBD

The Northern Territory Government’s investment towards revitalising the Darwin CBD has taken a significant step forward with a heat mitigation trial underway on Cavenagh Street.

The trial has been guided by a ground-breaking heat-study undertaken in the Darwin CBD earlier this year which determined ways to cool down the CBD like using heat reflective materials to cool pavements and roofs, street shading and greenery.

The 12-month Cavenagh Street trial, in collaboration with the City of Darwin, will include:

  • A 50m cool green street canopy over Cavenagh St – an iconic green shade structure similar to a pergola with vines growing over it to create shade and provide cooling to the street and reduce ambient temperatures
  • Upgrading the Cavenagh and Bennett St intersection, including shade structures on the four corners and new trees and green walls
  • Cool surface treatments – new technology paints to reflect UV, and alternate road mix and pavement products along Cavenagh St
  • Greening the Street – temporary planter boxes for medium scale trees and garden walls for instant greenery

It forms part of the Northern Territory Government’s $100 million commitment to rejuvenate the CBD, transforming Darwin into a vibrant, world-class destination, including overhauling State Square, moving Charles Darwin University (CDU) students into the city and building a new Museum at the Old Hospital Site.

The trial will include an iconic green shade structure covering 50m of Cavenagh Street