Pros and cons but worthy of thought
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.