CBD clock­tower

NT News - - OPINION -

PRO­PO­NENTS for Bar­ne­son Boule­vard and the mu­seum as planned for the for­mer hos­pi­tal site must surely be con­cerned at the de­gree of op­po­si­tion ex­pressed in let­ters to the NT News.

As I have ex­pressed on many oc­ca­sions in­clud­ing The Masterplan, Dar­win City Deal and to Mr Gun­ner, of the devel­op­ment of a Town Hall Clock Tower mul­ti­func­tion com­plex on land at the cor­ner of Ben­nett and Smith streets in­cor­po­rat­ing the Town Hall ru­ins in the over­all de­sign.

The two li­braries could be in­cluded, thus free­ing up space in the Par­lia­ment Build­ing and City Li­brary.

The mu­seum be­ing planned could also be in­cor­po­rated.

The large area un­der the State Square could pro­vide fa­cil­ity for the city bus ter­mi­nal as well as for gen­eral park­ing; with ac­cess through ex­ist­ing tun­nels and be­neath Ben­nett St. Thus ve­hic­u­lar ac­cess into CBD Dar­win would be par­tially ad­dressed; mak­ing the Bar­ne­son Boule­vard pro­posal un­nec­es­sary.

With­out do­ing an in depth anal­y­sis it seems that the THCT com­plex could be favourably com­pet­i­tive. It could be that the com­plex will not be a source of over­heat­ing of the CBD.

Clearly the com­plex would form an es­sen­tial fo­cus for the Dar­win Mall and en­sure its sur­vival.

This pro­posal does stand out on its own and should be im­ple­mented quickly.

Reg.P, Dar­win

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