2013/14 City of Darwin annual report
City of Darwin annual report 2013/14
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CITY OF DARWIN Annual Report 2013/14 27 CITY OF DARWIN Annual Report 2013/14 26 A eR IA L vI eW O f D A R W IN c It y Darwin is the only capital city in Northern Australia and is one of Australias most modern and multicultural cities, famous for its tropical, outdoor lifestyle Our City Darwin City Profile Situated on the Timor Sea, it is well known as Australias entry point to world class nature and cultural experiences in the Top End. Darwins proximity to Asia also makes it an important Australian gateway to countries such as Indonesia and East Timor. The city itself is built on a low bluff overlooking the harbour. Darwin, like the rest of the Top End, has a tropical climate, with a Wet and Dry Season, and is known for its consistently warm to hot climate throughout the year. Average temperatures in 2013 ranged from a minimum of 23.5 degrees Celsius to 32.7 degrees Celsius. It receives heavy rainfall during the Wet, with the number of wet days averaging well over one hundred. Darwin is also well known for its spectacular lightning shows that occur throughout the Wet Season. The municipality of Darwin comprises 36 suburbs, including the RAAF and Navy Bases and the Darwin International Airport. It covers an area of 112 square kilometres which includes the central business district and surrounding suburbs, and represents more than a third of the entire Northern Territory population. Darwin has developed into a thriving, vibrant destination renowned for its tropical lifestyle and colourful characters with shady parks, a pedestrian mall, a large variety of restaurants, pubs and clubs and an entertainment strip as well as being home to many festivals and sporting events. Local markets are also an important part of Darwin life. Getting to Darwin is easy from most Australian capital cities with a direct flight to Darwin being around four hours. Darwin International Airport is located only 12.5km from Darwin city and it has regular flights arriving daily from all Australian capital cities, Cairns and Broome. The Ghan travels to Darwin from Adelaide, with the journey operating twice weekly and taking two nights in either direction. Cruise ships also regularly dock at the Darwin Wharf Precinct for stopovers. Darwin History The original inhabitants of the Greater Darwin area are the Larrakia people. On 9 September 1839, HMS Beagle sailed into Darwin Harbour during its surveying of the area. John Clements Wickham named the region Port Darwin in honour of their former shipmate Charles Darwin, who had sailed with them on the ships previous voyage. The settlement became the town of Palmerston in 1869, and was renamed Darwin in 1911. Having been almost entirely rebuilt twice, once due to Japanese air raids during World War II, and again after being devastated by Cyclone Tracy in 1974, structurally Darwin is one of Australias youngest built capitals. Darwin People The Greater Darwin Region has a population of approximately 131,000 making it by far the largest and most populated area in the sparsely populated Northern Territory, but the least populous of all Australias capital cities. The Greater Darwin Region represents 56% of the entire Northern Territory population. It is the smallest and most northerly of the Australian capital cities, and acts as the Top Ends regional centre. Darwin has grown from a pioneer outpost and small port into one of Australias most modern and multicultural cities. 112km2 56% is over a third of entire Northern Territory population of the NT population Greater Darwin region represents Darwin area covers 81k City of Darwin population is over cIty Of DARWIN < >
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