The purpose of the Darwin City & Waterfront Retailers Association is to achieve a consolidated voice for retailers and hospitality operators in the Darwin City and Waterfront precincts.
Our goal is to promote the precincts as Darwin’s premier shopping and dining destination by creating collaborative advertising campaigns and coordinating events, not only for our DCWRA members, but also for the general public, the consumer, to feel embraced and informed about what’s on offer. We’d like to create a vibrant hub for people to enjoy again and again, whether you live locally, interstate or overseas.
DCWRA works continuously to build and maintain relationships with the City of Darwin, the Darwin Waterfront Corporation and the Northern Territory Government in order to provide a strong, collective voice for businesses with the aim to achieve a united and strong business community
The DCWRA board consists of 8 committee members who are business owners around Darwin City and the Waterfront. Each committee member plays a valuable role contributing to the direction and outcomes of the Association.
Owner and manager of Elements Darwin Day Spa, Elena has over 30 years experience in the retail and customer service industry. A founding member of the DCWRA, Elena is passionate about supporting small business to prosper in our capital city.
"As a collective we have many networks which creates the opportunity for us to bring stakeholders together to continue to build a strong local product that attracts local, national and international people to enjoy the local shopping and dining in our CBD."
A third generation Darwin girl, Darlene spent several years living and working in Perth and Melbourne before returning to Darwin to fulfill her goal to open her own menswear store - Attitude for Men was opened in 1993 and has continued to grow as a local brand with a recent move to the fancy new store located at 35 Knuckey Street.
The recently opened women's fashion, The Dress Code, along with a wholesale wine and food distribution business owned with her husband Darryl Thomas, Thomas Chin Pty Ltd, Darlene is committed to celebrating and supporting local business.
"I love the retail business, I especially love my new shop space - it has been exciting to create this space where I get to bring my husband and my dogs to work each day and enjoy the company of many while practicing my craft - dressing the men and women of Darwin."
Manager and co-owner of Breakout NT, Karen also has a private forensic consulting business and is president of the NT branch of the Australian and New Zealand Forensic Science Society.
Karen is a 6th generation Territorian and has been back in Darwin for 6 years after spending time interstate and overseas for study and work.
"Having lived in a number of cities, I am determined to do my best to ensure Darwin residents have access to entertainment and retail options that are on a par, if not better, than their southern counterparts. Just because Darwin is small does not mean we have to be sub-standard or limited in what we can offer locals and tourists alike. As a mother of two boys I'm always on the look out for new ways to engage and challenge kids physically and mentally."
With over 30 years small business experience across retail, beauty, restaurant and hospitality industries, Troy moved to Darwin in 2016 to become a partner licensee for the Darwin City and Stuart Park McDonald franchises. Employing approximately 140 locals with a wide multi-cultural diversity, Troy enjoys the challenge of working with a large team to maintain a vibrant and sustainable business environment.
"The move to Darwin has been very positive for us; I'm looking forward to helping to continue to build a thriving and sustainable business community here in Darwin."
Jane grew up in Darwin and has worked with many community groups over the years from assisting the Girl Guides, judging for Darwin Hospital Christmas Craft, fundraising for groups such as Rotary North and Australia Day Council, demonstrating her strong sense of community.
Jane and her husband Stephen opened the successful retail jewellery business, Creative Jewellers in 1990. With 7 employees, including an apprentice, Jane is proud to be an active contributor to the local business community.
"I am excited to be part of the DCWRA and looking forward to the next chapter for Darwin City Retailing"
Susan came to The Territory in the early 1990s and in 1998 fulfilled her early career ambition to own her own salon when she purchased Helmet Hair Studio on Cavenagh Street, a business that had only been trading 9 months. Now located on the corner of Knuckey and Mitchell Streets, Susan has built a reputation as one of Darwin's top-tier salons employing a team of 10.
"In 20 years I have experienced my own ups and downs of business and seen many changes to our city, I wanted to get involved in finding ways to bring the buzz back to our beautiful city."
Jason moved to NT at an early age with his family to live and work on NT buffalo stations. The Diamond Beach Casino provided Jason with his first job which was as a "glassy" and it was then that he knew he wanted to open his own bar. In 1995 that dream came true when Jason and his business partner TT Thai opened Nirvana. The 22 year business partnership has included a range of businesses - retail, real estate agency, motel, security, and even exporting live cattle to Vietnam.
"I am hoping to bring a strong support base to DCWRA as well as encourage more participation amongst members."
Paul has had a successful gallery in Darwin CBD for over 10 years which has seen his business adapt and change due to the competitive nature of the industry. Paul joined the DCWRA Committee in 2017 and is eager to share his experience and knowledge of the art and gallery industry and work hard for small businesses in the city.
"I am a ground roots guy with my feet on the ground working hard to keep moving forward in what is a challenging economic time. I am grateful for the trust members place in me to work hard for our collective businesses in Darwin's CBD."