Trea­sured memo­rial gets up­grade

NT News - - NEWS - PHILLIPPA BUTT

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

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