Pros and cons but wor­thy of thought

NT News - - NEWS - ASH­LEY MANICAROS

THE Lar­rakia Zoo pro­posal tests every creative sense avail­able.

It will equally el­e­vate the lev­els of the pes­simism which ex­ists in us all.

What the Lar­rakia Zoo pro­posal will do, when you start to read over it, is iden­tify where your think­ing and ap­proach to life sits. Are you a glass half full or half empty type?

We all like to think we are a glass half full — filled with op­ti­mism but of course this is not the case.

I would like you to think through five pos­i­tives for a zoo on the Es­planade and five neg­a­tives. I put to you “it will never hap­pen any­way” is not an ar­gu­ment but a state­ment.

I say that be­cause the Wa­ter­front we see to­day has evolved into a mas­sive tourism at­trac­tion.

For those who didn’t live here be­fore it, the site was a se­ries of filthy tanks. Af­ter a large in­vest­ment we now love it and won­der what the pes­simism was about. POS­I­TIVES

1. A ma­jor new 12-month a year tourism at­trac­tion is born within the CBD;

2. The area’s green­ery is main­tained with promises no trees will be re­moved;

3. The eco­nomic ben­e­fit goes be­yond the op­er­a­tion of the views with ho­tels on the es­planade able to of­fer har­bour and zoo views in their room rates and cur­rent unit own­ers get­ting a kick along in val­ues;

4. The zoo is a not-for­profit ven­ture mean­ing the com­mu­nity can have con­fi­dence in re­gards to the an­i­mals and their wel­fare;

5. I want to see some­thing done which is to­tally un­usual and dif­fer­ent. NEG­A­TIVES

1. It is a free green open com­mu­nity space and should re­main that way;

2. The Es­planade is just the wrong place — build it some­where else;

3. The pub­lic will have to pay and free ac­cess to our his­tory will be lost;

4. Locking an­i­mals in zoos is ar­chaic and wrong;

5. A zoo won’t bring peo­ple to Dar­win.

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