Uncomfortable ideas exciting
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.