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Changes to Parking and Roadworks at Darwin International Airport – 16 May 2022

The 2-minute express drop off/pick up zones at Darwin Airport have changed to immediate set down/pick up only. Vehicles will not be able to wait for passengers in these zones. Free 15-minute parking continues to be available in the short-term car park. We recommend all travellers allow additional time to travel to and from the airport.

New Appointments to Board

Airport Development Group (ADG) has today announced Mike Mrdak AO and Karen Green will join the ADG Board, as Chair and Non-Executive Director, respectively. 
ADG owns and operates the Darwin, Alice Springs and Tennant Creek airports, the Darwin Airport Novotel and Mercure Hotels, has a significant property portfolio across the NT and has recently expanded its investment in renewable energy with a $5m (5MW) solar installation at the Darwin International Airport precinct. ADG is 77.4% owned by IFM Investors and 22.6% owned by Palisade Investment Partners.

Mike Mrdak will replace Chris Barlow as ADG Chair, while Karen Green will replace Barry Coulter AO, as the locally based Non-Executive Director.

Karen will formally commence her appointment to the Board on 1 April and Mike on 15 May 2021. 

ADG CEO Tony Edmondstone acknowledged the invaluable support of both Mr Barlow and Mr Coulter.

“I sincerely thank both Chris and Barry for their dedication and guidance over many years and in particular as our organisation faced the challenges of the past 12 months.”

“With their support, and that of the entire Board, ADG has been able to successfully navigate a path through a very difficult year.”

“Our owners IFM Investors and Palisade Investment Partners have also extended their thanks to Chris and Barry for their steadfast support throughout their tenure.”

Mike Mrdak

Mike joins ADG with extensive aviation, infrastructure and telecommunications experience through his Departmental Secretary roles in the Australian Public Service, including Secretary of the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development and Secretary of the Department of Communications and the Arts. Mike’s career achievements in aviation include early-stage development of Western Sydney Airport and being a driving force behind the national regulatory and policy settings for the sector. Mike is also the Non-Executive Chair of NEC Australia and was awarded an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2016 in recognition of his significant contributions to the public service.


Karen Green

Karen has extensive experience in business advisory and financial services across the public and private sectors. During a 29-year career at Deloitte, Karen served as Managing Partner, Northern Territory and currently serves on the Northern Territory National Security Advisory Panel and on the Australian Institute of Company Directors NT Committee. Karen has previously served on the Darwin Port Corporation and the Business Advisory Council for the Department of Trade Business, Innovation. .

Chris Barlow

Chris was appointed as Chair of ADG in 2007, following a career in aviation, including as CEO of Melbourne Airport.

During his 13 years with ADG, Chris steered a significant terminal redevelopment at Darwin International Airport, saw the development of significant solar energy projects, and most recently, the acquisition of the two airport hotels.

Barry Coulter

Barry was appointed to the ADG Board in 2014, contributing valuable insights to ADG Management and Board over seven years.

Barry’s career includes 16 years as a member of the Northern Territory Legislative Assembly, from 1983 to 1999, representing the electorates of Berrimah, Palmerston and Blain and he was Deputy Chief Minister of the NT from 1985 to 1995.

Barry was the driving force behind the Alice Springs to Darwin Railway Project, is a previous Chair of Darwin Port Authority and Darwin-based aviation company Air North.

In 2019 Barry was awarded Officer in the General Division (AO), recognising his outstanding service to politics and business in the NT.