Why do we need a Movement Strategy?

    Transport is an enabler of daily life that provides people with access to jobs, services and leisure.

    Our inaugural Movement Strategy will lay the foundations for a connected and sustainable movement network that supports a safe, liveable and healthy city. 

    At its core, our Movement Strategy will aim to make it easier for people to move around the City of Darwin by increasing sustainable transport choices, improving streetscapes, infrastructure and connectivity.

    The Strategy is part of a broader strategic planning framework for City of Darwin and has strong links to:

    The Strategy will also be informed by a number of Northern Territory Government plans including:

    The Movement Strategy will help us better facilitate a shift towards active and sustainable movement.

    How is the Movement Strategy being developed?

    The Movement Strategy will be developed from:

    • Research (SWOT Analysis, best practice examples)
    • Understanding of future transport demands and needs
    • Identifying barriers to change and opportunities for improvement.
    • Community and stakeholder consultation, including an online survey and face-to-face meetings and workshops with key representative stakeholders.

    Which stakeholders are being targeted in this consultation?

    Several stakeholders will be targeted in this consultation, including (but not limited to):

    - Northern Territory Government

    - Chamber of Commerce

    - Cycling NT

    - Pedestrian Council of Australia

    - Centre of the Ageing, Northern Territory

    - DiversAbility Collective

    - Youth groups

    - Environment groups

    - AANT

    - Darwin Retailers Association

    - Darwin schools

    What are Council’s role and responsibilities?

    To achieve the best outcomes for current and future generations in Darwin, Council will work with the community in a variety of roles, including as a: 

    • Provider: Directly delivering services (such as roads and pathways)
    • Funder: Funding other organisations to deliver services 
    • Partner: Forming partnerships and strategic alliances with other parties in the interests of the community 
    • Facilitator: Assisting others to be involved in activities by bringing groups and interested parties together (such as e-scooters and e-bikes)
    • Advocate: Promoting the interests of the community to others (such as with public transport)

    How will Council approach the Movement Strategy?

    The Movement Strategy will reinforce Council’s commitment to the environment and will:

    1. focus on facilitating an increase in walking, cycling and the use of electric bikes and scooters, by improving streetscapes, connectivity and infrastructure
    2. aim to increase the use of public transport through improvements to infrastructure, coverage and feeder services
    3. anticipate the future of transport and will make provisions for an increase in the use of electric vehicles, ride-sharing and driverless vehicles
    4. seek to reduce local traffic and parking demand by making alternative modes of transport more attractive and viable
    5. commit to maintaining an efficient freight network.

    How can I have my say?

    The community consultation period is open until 5 May 2021. 

    • Key representative stakeholders will be invited to participate in one-on-one meetings and workshops.
    • The broader community is invited to provide their feedback via the online survey or through a written submission.

    Once the consultation is complete, City of Darwin will prepare a consultation report that contains an analysis of the feedback we received, and this will be considered in the finalisation of the Movement Strategy.