Darwin needs to be defined.
“Darwin City is the heartbeat of the Territory. It is the engine room that must fire on all cylinders. We, along with City of Darwin are committed to driving discussion on a range of matters to ensure our CBD is thriving for the benefit of residents, visitors, traders and property owners. We can make this happen with the right policy and regulatory changes.”
Ruth Palmer recently wrote the above on Linked In following a city planning meeting. I responded
I came to the NT in 1975 and moved to Darwin in 1987. I’d respond to Ms Palmer’s enthusiastic post as follows:
What about the REST of Darwin? What about Darwin beyond the CBD?
Why is there no apparent care or concern for businesses and for people beyond the CBD?
We are fed story after story and story and intention after intention after intention about the CBD, but interst seems to stop at Tipperary Waters and the Daly Street bridge. Why?
My question and concern is as much for the COD Council as it is for any interest and CBD support and promotional
Plenty of interest and excitement about the CBD (where vision and reality are poles apart with life at night but little during the day, with some vibrant businesses interspersed with empty premises) but no interest in or inclination toward the Darwin beyond the CBD. That is with the exception of a few affluent pockets which include Cullen Bay, parts of Bayview, a bit of Larrakeyah and a pocket of Fannie Bay.
Where is the Territory at?