Treasured memorial gets upgrade
IN 1919, Darwin became Australia’s gateway to the rest of the world.
The first flight from England to Australia landed on December 10, and now the Ross Smith Memorial is being upgraded.
Fannie Bay History and Heritage Society vice-president Loraine Caldwell said the memorial was significant and should be improved.
“Right now, unless you go over and read it, you wouldn’t know what it’s about,” she said.
“With the centenary only 18 months away, it’s high time that the memorial gets some tender loving care.
“We want to retain the character of the monument, but help people to understand the significance of what the memorial represents.”
With conceptual plans already underway, the NT Government is now looking for feedback from the community on any changes.
The draft design concept includes improvements to the surrounding landscape,.
The materials and design will be complementing the design of the original bluestone memorial and reflecting the landmark status of the memorial.
While the stone memorial is in good condition, the concrete slab and low wall around the memorial are not original and are in poor condition.
Submissions must be received in writing or online by June 22.
To view the draft design concept visit www.nt. gov.au/ ross-smith- memorial
RIGHT: The Ross Smith Memorial when it was erected