Venue over­look­ing har­bour will pay homage to lo­cal his­tory

Sunday Territorian - - NEWS -

A GROUND floor cafe, sec­ond-storey bar and a vir­tual re­al­ity ex­pe­ri­ence have been in­cluded in the Dar­win RSL’s first con­cept plans of its Es­planade pro­posal.

Dar­win RSL pres­i­dent

Steve Gloster said the club­house would pay homage to the Bomb­ing of Dar­win as well as Cy­clone Tracy as the two big­gest events in the Ter­ri­tory’s his­tory.

“With this de­vel­op­ment pro­posal we are rein­vent­ing the venue to be a na­tion-lead­ing fam­ily-fo­cused RSL club with some of the best views in the coun­try over­look­ing our pres­ti­gious har­bour with its prom­i­nent mil­i­tary his­tory,” Mr Gloster said.

“Vis­i­tors to the Dar­win RSL club will be able to don vir­tual re­al­ity googles and wit­ness over the har­bour what oc­curred dur­ing the bomb­ing of Dar­win, which was the largest at­tacks ever mounted by a for­eign power against Aus­tralia. What could be bet­ter than de­vel­op­ing a sig­na­ture meet­ing place over­look­ing the har­bour area of where the De­fence of Dar­win hap­pened?”

The down­stairs cafe would run from 7.30am-7pm while the club open 10am-11pm.

Mr Gloster said there were also con­sid­er­a­tions for neigh­bour­ing or­gan­i­sa­tions and stake­hold­ers such as the Deckchair Cin­ema, who have con­tin­u­ally op­posed the con­cept of an Es­planade venue.

“We are cur­rently en­gag­ing acous­tic engi­neer­ing ser­vices to eval­u­ate and pro­vide ad­vice around how sound emis­sions for the RSL club re­main min­i­mal to co­ex­ist and com­ple­ment other tourist at­trac­tions in the area such as the Deckchair Cin­ema that op­er­ates five months of the year at night-time only,” he said.

Plans for the new Dar­win RSL, which pres­i­dent Steve Gloster said would pay homage to the Bomb­ing of Dar­win as well as Cy­clone Tracy

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