Charles Darwin University has committed to working with the GPT Group (GPT) after the property group lodged a Development Application with the Northern Territory Department of Planning for Casuarina Square, which includes a proposal to introduce student accommodation on the site.
The proposal includes purpose built, affordable accommodation involving about 300 rooms over six levels and ground level car parking.
The proposal also involves innovative features such as a web-based car-pooling system, and an entire elevated floor of student amenity facilities and feature landscaping.
CDU is working with GPT in support of the proposal, which is the culmination of more than 12 months of work between the two parties.
CDU Vice-Chancellor Professor Barney Glover said that given the university was located close to Casuarina Square, there was an opportunity to integrate the two with thorough planning, a strong partnership and cooperative programs.
“It is hoped that such a development will contribute to the creation of a more vibrant and integrated university campus precinct,” Professor Glover said.
The proposal positions Darwin generally, and CDU specifically, as an international education hub.
Casuarina Square Centre Manager Ben Gill said the plans reflected a future vision for Casuarina Square and the greater Casuarina town centre.
“This follows the Development Application we lodged late last year to accommodate Myer and 50 new speciality stores. While they are only proposals before the Department at this stage, it is exciting to see what is possible,” Mr Gill said.
“The plans are currently on public display, which will give the community the opportunity to view the proposal and for The GPT Group to continue engaging with them.
“We will work closely with CDU, our retailers and the public to keep them updated on the status of the development planning and to get their input into the project.”