21 March 2019

Darwin rural senior lifestyle accommodation

The project to attract private sector investment into seniors’ lifestyle accommodation for the Darwin rural area is moving to the next phase.

In September last year, the Northern Territory Government sought expressions of interest (EOI) to develop a seniors’ lifestyle purpose-built accommodation village in the Darwin rural area.

Four EOIs were received from both local and national proponents, the next stage of development is the request for detailed proposal phase.

The Northern Territory Government put forward a Crown land site option as part of the EOI process and this is the only site option being considered as part of the request for detailed proposals phase.

Department of Trade, Business and Innovation CEO Shaun Drabsch said “By supporting private sector development of residential seniors’ accommodation, government is allowing market forces to determine the most appropriate model for the accommodation.”

“The next stage of the competitive process will provide more detail about the proposals. This will put the government in a better position to assess the project’s risks, opportunities and the potential outcomes for Territorians. “

The potential site includes proximity to services and transport in Coolalinga, approximately 29kms south east of the Darwin Central Business District and 10kms south east of Palmerston.

The area is part of a growing commercial precinct with major national retailers and speciality shops; and seven recreation nature reserves each offering its own range of activities.

A range of options for how the site could be configured and utilised as part of its development was put forward in the EOI and these will be further assessed and refined through the request for detailed proposals phase.

This next phase is expected to be completed before the end of this calendar year.

It is anticipated that once the developer is selected more detail will be available for the public about types of accommodation, costs, and the timeline for development.

Further work is being undertaken on potential development of seniors’ accommodation for the Alice Springs and Darwin urban areas.

 

Source: business.nt.gov.au