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.