Council recognises the importance of laneways in the community to connect people and provide access to community facilities such as parks, shops, schools and sporting venues.

Project information

In early 2019, Council began trialling treatments in 11 laneways across three Palmerston suburbs to assess if the measures taken will help discourage anti-social behaviour in these areas. Spatial mapping was used to identify the laneways most suitable for the trial as well as a combination of lighting assessments, police reports, resident feedback and site inspections.

Following community consultations, treatments are currently being trialled at the following locations. 

Laneways with temporary night-time closures are in place between the hours of no earlier than 9.00pm and no later than 6.30am. 

1.Manson Court to Bonson Terrace, MouldenLighting upgrade
2. Bonson Terrace to Staghorn Court, MouldenLighting upgrade and temporary night-time closure
3. Staghorn Court to Gumnut Way, MouldenLighting upgrade with motion sensor and motorbike treatment plus temporary night-time closure
4. Staghorn Court to Livistona Park, MouldenLighting upgrade with motion sensor plus temporary night-time closure
5. Gumnut Way to Livistona Park, MouldenLighting upgrade with motion sensor plus temporary night-time closure
6. Livistona Park to Melastoma Drive, MouldenLighting upgrade with motion sensor and motorbike treatment plus temporary night-time closure
7. Politis Court to Strawbridge Park, MouldenTemporary full-time closure
8. Politis Court to Strawbridge Crescent, MouldenTemporary full-time closure
9. Priest Circuit to Phineaus Court, GrayLighting upgrade
10. Priest Circuit to Emery Avenue, GrayLighting upgrade with motion sensor plus temporary night-time closure
11. Helio Court to Sibbald Park, WoodroffeTemporary night-time closure
12. Altair Court to Capella Court, WoodroffeTemporary night-time closure


Residents are still able to provide feedback about implementing a trial in another series of laneways. To provide feedback or nominate a laneway for a future trial go to


Stage 1: (Feb-March 2019) Council spoke to residents to gather feedback on how people use the laneways before trial treatments were put in place.
Stage 2: (August 2019) Trial treatments were in place for approximately three months. Council sought to collect feedback to help evaluate the impact of the treatments. This feedback was considered in conjunction with data from police and pedestrian counters to help inform how Council will proceed with future laneway treatments. 
Stage 3: (October 2019) Council continued to trial laneway treatments based on recommendations from recent consultations. In addition to the recommendations, Council sought feedback from a three week-period, 14 October-4 November, to modify the treatments by adding either temporary full-time or night-time closures to seven of the laneways included in the trial:

Temporary night-time closure
Staghorn Court to Gumnut Way, Moulden
Staghorn Court to Livistona Park, Moulden
Gumnut Way to Livistona Park, Moulden
Livistona Park to Melastoma Drive, Moulden
Priest Circuit to Emery Avenue, Gray
Full time closures 
Politis Court to Strawbridge Park, Moulden
Politis Court to Strawbridge Crescent, Moulden

Council endorsed to trial these additional treatments at its Ordinary Meeting on 19 November 2019. In addition to these treatments, Council also endorsed trialling night-time closures at the following laneways:
Bonson Terrace to Staghorn Court, Moulden
Altair Court to Capella Court Woodroffe

The additional trial treatments are expected to be put in place from the end of November 2019 to March 2020. After this time the measures will be reviewed by Council and next steps will be considered.

At the Ordinary Meeting on 21 January 2020, Council endorsed to extend the current treatment in place for the laneway between Staghorn Court to Bonson Terrace, Moulden to a temporary full-time closure, and that this extended trial treatment be reviewed with the outcomes being presented to the Second Ordinary Meeting in March 2020. 

Next steps

A final report taking into consideration all consultations and laneway trial treatments will be presented in March 2020. The report will detail the outcomes of the consultation and recommendations for treatments into the future not only for the existing trial laneways, but for additional laneways across Palmerston. These recommendations will also be informed by data gathered from NT Police about instances of anti-social behaviour.

Key documentation

Laneway map - current trials


If you would like to discuss the consultation or have any other questions relating to the trial, please contact Council by email or phone: (08) 8935 9922.