Un­com­fort­able ideas ex­cit­ing

NT News - - OPINION -

THE Gun­ner La­bor Gov­ern­ment has been ar­gu­ing the mer­its of a new Bali-style CBD wa­ter­park.

The idea had been di­vi­sive among Ter­ri­to­ri­ans but, even at its worst, it has sparked ideas and broad­ened our think­ing of how our trop­i­cal north­ern city could look and what it could of­fer to na­tional and over­seas trav­ellers.

The Gun­ner Gov­ern­ment has even laid the ground­work for pri­vate in­vestors by pay­ing for a fea­si­bil­ity study at the site of the old naval fuel tanks on the Dar­win Wa­ter­front.

While the re­al­i­ties of such a park ever com­ing to fruition can be de­bated, the plan is an idea to build some­thing that rightly will cap­ture peo­ple's at­ten­tion and get them think­ing.

The Lar­rakia Zoo will po­larise in the same way.

It will hope­fully get peo­ple think­ing about what is pos­si­ble, and not what is im­pos­si­ble.

The list of why-nots for the Lar­rakia Zoo will be easy to for­mu­late, but what we can't have hap­pen in the NT is to al­low our­selves to op­er­ate with closed minds.

Croc Cove owner and Tourism NT board mem­ber Mick Burns has said as much. He's not sure if this is the right idea but we have to think out­side of the box and clearly the idea of a zoo on the Es­planade is out of the box.

It was the “noth­ing ven­tured; noth­ing gained” men­tal­ity cou­pled with “we won't die won­der­ing” at­ti­tude which got us the $34 bil­lion Inpex plant.

It is hard not to link the two when it comes to the cheeky cre­ativ­ity de­spite the fact they are worlds apart in out­comes.

The Ter­ri­tory is of­ten por­trayed as a place where any­thing is pos­si­ble. Ideas like this in­ter­rupt our com­fort­able think­ing and that is what makes them so ex­cit­ing.

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