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  • Trinity Shared Path project in East Perth completed –– 11 July 2022
    The Australian and Western Australian Governments, alongside the City of Perth, announced the completion of the $2.8 million Trinity Shared Path Upgrade and Foreshore Stabilisation project under the $1.5 billion Perth City Deal. The project’s completion will allow Perth residents and visitors to take advantage of an important upgraded walking and bike path, which provides a link between East Perth and Optus Stadium.
  • Stand down: WACA makes way for all-abilities playground –– 14 June 2022
    Demolition of the Prindiville Stand at the iconic WACA Ground is now complete, with a new all-abilities playground taking its place as part of the WACA Ground Improvement Project under the $1.5 billion Perth City Deal. The project will also build a new café, pavilion, change rooms and offices for Western Australian Cricket Association as part of a wider commitment to create an accessible and inclusive community hub.
  • Major boost for the Perth City Deal –– 17 March 2022
    The Australian and Western Australian Governments announced additional funding for the Edith Cowan University City Campus and new Swan River Bridge under the $1.7 billion Perth City Deal to address the current challenging construction environment and labour market, allow for design improvements, and enable more manufacturing work to be undertaken locally.
  • Iconic WACA Ground light towers to be upgraded and beaming colour –– 17 March 2022
    The light towers of the iconic WACA Ground are set to be upgraded with new LED coloured lights, in a massive operation that requires the 17-metre-high steel headframes to be taken down and transported off-site as part of the next stage of the WACA Ground Improvement Project.
  • Cooling down in Darwin: new heat mitigation strategy launched—2 December 2021
    Helping people experience the best of Darwin’s lifestyle by mitigating the seasonal impact of Darwin’s hot and humid climate is the focus of a brand new strategy that has been launched today.
  • Stage 1 of Roe Street Enhancement complete—30 November 2021
    The first stage of the transformative $22 million Roe Street Enhancement has now been completed and is ready to be enjoyed by motorists, cyclists and pedestrians.
  • City-shaping Deal redefining Launceston as one of the nation's most liveable and innovative regional cities—19 November 2021
    The $536 million Launceston City Deal continues to deliver jobs, drive economic stimulus, and unlock lasting benefits for the community through city-defining projects.
  • Campbelltown Community and Justice Precinct a step closer with $1.2 million commitment—5 November 2021
    The next stage of planning for a new Community and Justice Precinct in Campbelltown is set to get underway with the Morrison Government, the Perrottet Government and Campbelltown City Council today announcing $1.2 million in joint funding under the Western Sydney City Deal to progress the project.
  • Construction begins on new Wollondilly children’s services building—5 November 2021
    Construction is officially underway on a new children’s services building, in a major milestone for the highly anticipated Wollondilly Cultural Precinct.
  • Hinkler Regional Deal continues to deliver—26 October 2021
    The first annual progress report for the $260 million Hinkler Regional Deal has been released today, detailing the progress of the 5-year plan and how the benefits can be seen across Hervey Bay, Bundaberg and the surrounding area.
  • Contract awarded for construction of CDU city campus—21 October 2021
    Local Territory construction company Halikos has been awarded the contract to build the new Charles Darwin University (CDU) Education and Community Precinct in Darwin’s central business district.
  • Delivering new Great Ocean Road Coastal Trail—8 October 2021
    The exciting new Great Ocean Road Coastal Trail is one step closer, with community consultation set to begin today on a masterplan to finalise the trail’s route.
  • Wadawurrung Traditional Owners join Geelong revitalisation—29 September 2021
    Wadawurrung Traditional Owners will be taking a central role in the planning, design and implementation of a range of projects in Central Geelong.
  • Getting on with delivering a City Deal for South East Queensland—28 September 2021
    The Morrison Government stands ready to finalise a City Deal for the people of South-East Queensland (SEQ) and deliver critical infrastructure across the region with a list of projects having been agreed to with the Council of Mayors (SEQ).
  • Three new projects receive funding under Townsville City Deal—28 September 2021
    The Morrison Government has today announced funding for three new projects to be funded as part of the Townsville City Deal.
  • New North Esk River pedestrian and cycle bridge officially open—24 September 2021
    The development of the University of Tasmania’s new Inveresk campus has reached an important milestone with the official opening of the North Esk River pedestrian and cycle bridge.
  • Launceston leading the way in education innovation—23 September 2021
    Students in the greater Launceston region are now leading the nation with 600 new innovative Internet of Things (IoT) education kits delivered to 40 states, independent and catholic schools with grades 3-6.
  • Paynters to lead Townsville's Reef HQ Aquarium refurbishment—10 September 2021
    An $80.1 million refurbishment of the Australian Government's global education centre for the Great Barrier Reef is one step closer, with the appointment of the project’s principal contractor.
  • Final designs for new CDU precinct unveiled in Darwin—27 August 2021
    Final designs for Charles Darwin University’s (CDU) new Education and Community Precinct have been unveiled with final approvals now in place and construction set to start.
  • Geelong City Deal delivering for the Victorian port city—27 August 2021
    The second annual progress report for the $382.48 million Geelong City Deal has been released today, detailing the significant impact the 10-year plan is already having across the city.
  • Western Sydney City Deal setting the foundations for a connected, sustainable city—20 August 2021
    Progress on the $11 billion Western Sydney City Deal has continued to reach significant milestones, with the program helping to generate local jobs and deliver critical infrastructure that will enhance the sustainability and liveability of the region.
  • Perth City Deal's WACA upgrade underway—19 August 2021
    Work has commenced on the long-awaited upgrades to the iconic Western Australian Cricket Association (WACA) Ground.
  • Support for Albury-Wodonga Regional Deal projects—18 August 2021
    The Albury-Wodonga Regional Deal has taken another significant step forward with Federal and State Ministers and the Mayors of both cities providing in-principle endorsement of a draft package to shape the Deal.
  • ECU Perth City campus designs unveiled—15 August 2021
    The first designs of the new state-of-the-art ECU City campus have been unveiled today, showcasing how the world-class university campus will reshape the Perth CBD and redefine higher education in Western Australia.
  • Townsville City Deal continues to deliver—9 July 2021
    The Morrison Government has today announced a $55 million investment in two key projects as part of the transformational Townsville City Deal. The investment will help revitalise two iconic organisations in North Queensland.
  • Big Step Forward for State Square Art Gallery—22 June 2021
    The Territory Labor Government has submitted a Development Application with the Development Consent Authority, seeking approval to construct the State Square Art Gallery.
  • Edith Cowan University awards five major contracts in multi-million-dollar Perth City Deal milestone—9 June 2021
    The Australian and Western Australian governments have today welcomed Edith Cowan University's (ECU) announcement that a consortium of leading local, national and international architects will design the $695 million ECU City Campus.
  • Backing infrastructure and technology for a stronger Hobart—4 June 2021
    The return of the Gutwein Government is good news for Tasmania - and good news for the Hobart City Deal. Signed in February 2019, the City Deal contains major commitments by all three levels of government to help develop this great city.
  • Roe Street transformation to revitalise Perth CBD—1 June 2021
    Work is now underway to revitalise one of Perth's oldest streets, Roe Street in Northbridge, as part of the $1.5 billion Perth City Deal plan.
  • Redevelopment of Queenscliff Ferry Terminal in Victoria propelling forward—26 May 2021
    The $15.9 million redevelopment of the Queenscliff Ferry Terminal is a step closer with the tender awarded to Kane Constructions Pty Ltd to construct the new building.
  • Albury Wodonga Regional Deal on track to deliver—5 May 2021
    Deal partners are working together whilst negotiations continue on the Albury Wodonga Regional Deal. An investment of $911,000 is being provided to Albury Wodonga to deliver the region’s tracks and trails project.
  • Private sector investment fund opens on Shipwreck Coast, Victoria—29 April 2021
    The Morrison Government, in partnership with the Andrews Government, is investing in public infrastructure projects that will boost private investment along the Shipwreck Coast through the $23.4 million Private Sector Business Enablement Fund.
  • Proponents shortlisted for iconic new Swan River Causeway Bridge—28 April 2021
    The new iconic bridge crossing the Swan River and connecting the Perth central business district to Victoria Park is a step closer with two consortia, each led by a local WA company, shortlisted to deliver the project. An Alliance contract is anticipated to be awarded in late 2021, with construction expected to commence in mid-2022.
  • NZ service off to a flying start—22 April 2021
    The Hobart International Airport has today welcomed its inaugural Auckland to Hobart direct flight, marking the first non-stop flight service from New Zealand in over 20 years.
  • Excavation celebration – new CDU city campus reaches major milestone—16 April 2021
    Charles Darwin University’s (CDU) new city campus has reached a significant milestone this week with the excavation for the main Education and Community Precinct building completed ahead of schedule.
  • Playspace brings new joy to families at Wittunga Botanic Garden—14 April 2021
    Families can now delight in an exciting new nature-themed playspace in Blackwood’s Wittunga Botanic Garden, which has officially opened.
  • Concept designs released for new Heysen Gallery at Hahndorf—6 April 2021
    A new gallery displaying works of acclaimed artist Sir Hans Heysen and his daughter Nora Heysen is one step closer today, after concept designs by the Adelaide-based studio of international architecture firm, Snøhetta, were released by the Hans Heysen Foundation.
  • Rolling out Geelong’s Green Spine—1 April 2021
    Geelong’s Green Spine is progressing, with construction underway on the northern side of Malop Street and a tender for the public engagement and design of later sections to be released next week.
  • Discover Space and Future Jobs in Adelaide—31 March 202
    Young Australians will be inspired to dream big and consider a space career, with the launch of the Australian Space Discovery Centre in Adelaide.
  • One more step toward State Square revitalisation—29 March 2021
    Work on revitalising the Darwin CBD and State Square continues to roll on with the design of the 90 Bay Carpark released today. The State Square overhaul is a critical part of the historic $200 million Darwin City Deal, delivered in partnership with the Australian Government and the City of Darwin.
  • 400 jobs to be created as next milestone for state-of-the-art Entrepreneur and Innovation Centre is announced—18 March 2021
    In the next milestone for South Australia’s landmark Entrepreneur and Innovation Centre (EIC), the Marshall Liberal Government has today announced that property private equity company Quintessential Equity will deliver the $400 million project.
  • Cooling Darwin's CBD—13 March 2021
    Through the Darwin City Deal the Northern Territory Government is looking at ways to reduce heat in Darwin’s CBD. Cooling and greening initiatives will be on display over the next month at the Activate Darwin Hub.
  • New Hobart Airport Interchange project employing Tasmanians—5 March 2021
    Construction is underway on the $46 million Tasman Highway Hobart Airport Interchange upgrade, making the intersection safer, reducing traffic congestion, and allowing for future increases in traffic.
  • Geelong Future Economy Precinct nears finish line—17 February 2021
    The Geelong Future Economy Precinct at Waurn Ponds is now a step closer to completion with the last remaining tender awarded to Keystone Civil to construct the Epworth Place extension.
  • Larrakia Cultural Centre design awarded and staying local—3 February 2021
    The Detailed Design contract for the Larrakia Cultural Centre (LCC) has been awarded to Northern Territory locals Rossi Architects in collaboration with Susan Dugdale and Associates.
  • Concept designs released for Aboriginal Art and Cultures Centre—2 February 2021
    New concept designs have today been released for the Aboriginal Art and Cultures Centre (AACC), to be built at Lot Fourteen.
  • Expressions of interest now open to build iconic new Causeway Bridge—29 January 2021
    Expressions of Interest for contractors to build the iconic new Causeway Pedestrian and Cyclist Bridge across the Swan River are now open.
  • Darwin City Deal continues to revitalise city—25 January 2021
    Launching the Annual Progress Report in Darwin today, Minister for Communications, Urban Infrastructure, Cities and the Arts, the Hon Paul Fletcher MP, said the report highlights how the City Deal is delivering jobs and boosting the economy at a critical period in the Territory’s recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

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