Population growth is affecting more than just real estate in Darwin, and is now driving demand for greater facilities and services for the community too.
This is why a new fire station has been built on the outskirts of Darwin in Berrimah, the biggest in the Northern Territory, which will cater to both NT fire and emergency services.
Chief minister Adam Giles said the project was almost complete, with just a few necessities left to implement for Darwin residents to better utilise and be aware of the complex.
"The facility cost $12.5 million with a further $800,000 to complete integration road works to provide slip ways to the facility as well as warning lights to alert motorists to emergency vehicle exit and entry points," he said.
Data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) shows that Greater Darwin is home to over half of the Territory's population, as it was up to 129,100 in June 2011.
Mr Giles commented further, saying that "with Darwin's growing population, it's vital our emergency services have up-to-date training for attending emergencies in unit blocks, and the four level training tower will assist with this".