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Response to Petition Number 45 Request a scrutiny committee investigate the transfer of the Darwin Waterfront Precinct land back to the Darwin City Council



Response to Petition Number 45 Request a scrutiny committee investigate the transfer of the Darwin Waterfront Precinct land back to the Darwin City Council

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The Daivvin Watertront Corporation (DWC) was established to manage the ongoing operation of the Waterlront Precinct and undertakes the following on behalf of the Northern Territory Government represents the Territory in relation to ongoing obligations under the ToGA Grou Project Delivery Deeds for the management of the developed broader recinct, manages events and marketing of the Precinct and is the entity with principle responsibility for the development requirements and obligations around the undeveloped Fort Hill and Stokes Hill sites including the public infrastructure associated with the Luxury Hotel; holds the head-lease and manages Stokes Hill Wharf, maintains and mama es all roadways and common areas, provides security and lifesaving services, and acts as the NT's agent for litigation and contractual matters in and around the Precinct; manages the Build, Own, Operate and Transfer Public-Private Partnership contract for the Darwin Convention and Exhibition Centre. This contract represents the majority of funding that the Waterfront Corporation receives annually from the NT Government, to cover the operational costs of the Darwin Convention Centre along with the Finance and original build costs. To deliver the complete package of municipal services to Waterfront residents, the Darwin Waterfront Corporation entered into a formal Agreement for Services with the DCC on 11 December 2009. The agreement includes provisions for the now Council to collect rates, conduct dog management under the Daiwin Waterlront Corporation's By-laws and rovide Waterfront residents with access to Council libraries and the Shoal Ba dum as if th were residents of the municipality of Darwin. Watertront rates are collected by the Council as agents for the Darwin Waterfront Corporation. Pursuant to the Darwin UVateifront Corporatibn Act 2006, the rates are based on the same method of calculation as rates imposed by DCC in the Central Business District, plus an additional levy reflecting the very high level of amenity within the precinct. Municipal incorporation was always intended to be revisited once full development of the Waterlront is achieved. Voting rights for residents can also continue to be explored in consultation with the NT Electoral Commission. The Darwin Waterlront Corporation management and Board is highl en a ed with Waterlront residents and businesses. The management model is re ularl referenced as best practice and the basis for the precinct maintaining high amenity, activation and safety. The Darwin Waterlront Precinct attracts an estimated 1.2 million visits annualI and I 2018-19, the Darwin Waterlront Corporation held 249 events attractin over 97 000 additional people to the Precinct. By any standard, this is an incredible achievement and testament to the focus on activation and collaboration between all stakeholders at the Watertront . e -2 e

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