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Old April 25th, 2017, 11:04 AM   #761
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I am really surprised Darwin isn't a world power city by now.. its proximity to Southeast Asia and Asia.. am I missing something here? Every other large city in Australia just seems so far away from the world...
Probably too hot, humid, rains too much in summer, too many mosquitoes...

Also there's too many height restrictions on buildings and i heard somewhere that much of the land suitable for development is restrained by mangroves, wetlands, marshlands. Rural areas are predominantly king of land as there isno need to keep building housing sprawl everywhere. Not enough jobs etc to need to do that. My thoughts anyway.
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Probably too hot, humid, rains too much in summer, too many mosquitoes...

Also there's too many height restrictions on buildings and i heard somewhere that much of the land suitable for development is restrained by mangroves, wetlands, marshlands. Rural areas are predominantly king of land as there is no need to keep building housing sprawl everywhere. Not enough jobs etc to need to do that. My thoughts anyway.
My thoughts of why people are being driven away from Darwin and why it might continue to struggle.
- Too hot
- Cost of living is very, very high
- Public transport is in adequate in both the city and especially the suburbs. Its unusable and unthinkable for the vast majority of the population.
- Excessive problems with and non-productivity of itinerants
- Ongoing cycles of corruption in public and private sectors. Many vested interests.
- Youth crime, including petty vandalism, is visible and common.
- The NT PS is still under-productive with a lot of dead wood being carried.
- A lack of mountains - poor feng shui.
- A lack of craft breweries and their outlets generally, especially outside of the city.
- If the government is scared off by debt, big-picture, long term investments in new industries will be crippled. They need short and long term plans for big vision projects to exploit potential growth. I don't know what these would be I don't research this stuff, but I would presume:
  • big investments into NT tourism;
  • development of solar generation facilities and research bodies;
  • intensive growth in the cooperation on the development of Dili and Timor including construction, knowledge sharing, infrastructure development and more;
  • tropical and desert research and knowledge;
  • become the unequivocal hub of Indigenous knowledges;
  • increased defence facilities (outside of Darwin);
  • the absolute forefront on bridging the gap techniques, tactics, strategies and research;
  • and attracting high quality teachers;
I'd sign off on "good-debt" on solid business cases for any of these.

Mosquitoes and rains are not an issue, I think.
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Old May 11th, 2017, 02:52 PM   #763
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http://www.realestate.com.au/news/mu...ca:ntn:article

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ASHLEY MANICAROS, NT News
May 10, 2017 12:30am

THE centrepiece of the $400 million Gwelo real estate and shopping centre development, Coolalinga Central, will officially open this weekend.

One of the anchor tenants, Kmart, and a number of specialty stores have already been trading for the past seven days.

Chief Minister Michael Gunner will do the official honours at 11am on Saturday.

About 85 per cent of the shopping centre has been leased to business.

The centre will have a fitness centre, doctors, fashion, independent bakery, butcher and a food court in addition to the anchor tenants, Coles and Kmart.

There are still some concerns regarding traffic in the area, given an estimated 17,000 cars will pass the front of the shopping centre each day.

The NT Government has released three options for the public to comment on for a long-term solution to the traffic issues.

A spokesman for Gwelo said this work would ensure that when the whole centre was complete, the traffic flows would be catered for in a safe and efficient manner.

NT Business Review understands businesses in the area, the developers and residents have been frustrated at the delays in solving the traffic issue as it has been raised repeatedly over a long period of time.

Stage one of the development is the 35,000sq m shopping centre with a 22,000sq m let nettable area.

Gwelo also ensured the centre’s carparks accommodated its rural clientele, opting for 1000 undercover, oversized bays that are wider and higher than normal.

The 5004sq m Kmart showcases the store’s new layout that is being rolled out nationally.

A Kmart spokesman said the new layout added to the commitment to improve customers’ shopping experience.

“The new and elevated store layout provides locals with all of Kmart’s coloured product worlds, including clothing, toys and home,” the spokesman said.

“Noticeable updates will include central self-served check outs, wider aisles for easy wheelchair and pram access, as well as bolder graphics for navigation and a convenient shopping experience.”

The next six months will see a further row of restaurants and a tavern opened along the front of the centre.

Stages two and three are already attracting major interest.
Source: http://www.ntnews.com.au/business/40...d846016f38e987

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The Darwin Luxury Hotel project down on the Waterfront should be commencing in August or September, pending all environmental approvals having been completed. There should be a flurry of activity once it starts.
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Casuarina Square food court to undergo $8.7m revamp

THE dining revolution at Casuarina Square is continuing with an $8.7 million upgrade of the shopping centre’s food court to be unveiled in September.

Work commenced yesterday on the upgrade which is set to include a number of yet to be confirmed new-to-Darwin eateries.

The renovation will include a fresh layout, furniture, large digital screen and a children’s playground.

A sculpture titled “Canopy” by artist Catriona Stanton will hang above the food court, which draws inspiration from Darwin’s natural environment.

It consists of leaves and portals created in lightweight plywood, with perforated forms which allow light to shine through.

The large format digital screen will display content relevant to the community, including major sporting events.

The upgrade comes less than a year since the opening of the shopping centre’s alfresco dining The Quarter.


An artist’s impression of the new-look food court at Casuarina Square. PICTURE: Supplied
The $34 million development included 12 restaurants such as burger chain Grill’d and Hogs Breath Cafe.

Centre manager Mardi Ashkine said the new food court would create a warm community atmosphere.

“We are pleased to be bringing an exciting new dining experience to Darwin, with huge upgrades coming to the food court,” she said.

“Building on the elements that makes Darwin unique, the refreshed food court will reflect the local environment and complement this area.

“Casuarina Square developed an exciting alfresco dining area with the introduction of The Quarter, and we are looking forward to impressing our customers once again with this upgrade to the indoor food court area. We can’t wait to debut the new food court in September.” Ms Ashkine said the first part of the project was to replace the escalators to the underground car park. She said the escalators would be closed for six weeks.

“At the moment it’s business as usual at Casuarina Square, with all works being conducted outside of trading hours until we reveal the brand new food court.”

Source: http://www.ntnews.com.au/business/ca...db1c67fc914f05
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Old June 25th, 2017, 05:02 PM   #767
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PLANS TO MOVE PART OF THE CHARLES DARWIN UNIVERSITY to the DARWIN CBD, NEW MUSEUM & FINISH THE STATE SQUARE

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The Northern Territory’s vision to transform the Old Darwin Hospital site into a major new museum has taken a step forward with a new tender released this week.

The NT Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics is calling for planning and initial design consultancy for a new museum which will showcase Indigenous art and heritage.

Chief Minister Michael Gunner confirmed that the historic Old Hospital site would be preserved for the Territory public and form the site of a major new Museum of the Northern Territory (NT).

The Territory Labor Government made it clear that the current economic circumstances needed to be investing in the Territory - investing in and creating jobs directly through construction and indirectly by lifting the NT tourism product. According to Mr Gunner, not only will this museum embrace our own sense of identity it will attract people from around the nation and the world and this will bring millions of additional dollars to our economy.

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The Northern Territory 2017-18 Budget outlined $100 million in new spending commitments by the Gunner Government to rejuvenate the Darwin CBD including finishing State Square, moving part of the Charles Darwin University campus to the CBD and a new museum at the old hospital site.

The government is investing $50 million into a museum at Myilly Point that will create hundreds of jobs through construction, and by supporting the tourism sector. It will attract visitors from around the nation and internationally, providing a boost to the NT economy.

According to Tourism and Culture Minister Lauren Moss, an important part of this concept design process will involve engaging with Territorians in determining the final shape of the museum. For the first time Territorians will have a museum that tells the 50,000 year old history of Darwin – from the world's oldest continuous culture through to the frontline of WWII and the modern day. They want to the Territorians to be a part of this process.

Darwin CBD to be transformed:

The project is part of a planned transformation of Darwin’s CBD into a world-class tourist and cultural destination. Other plans include overhauling State Square and bringing student accommodation into the centre.

This tender signals a significant step forward for the Museum of the Northern Territory. The museum will be a landmark building for Darwin and the Northern Territory, creating a building for the future that celebrates our unique history and culture. Ms Moss also highlighted that the new building concept will incorporate heat mitigation technologies and greening and energy efficient design both internal and external, connecting the building to the landscape. A key requirement for the successful tenderer is for open space and a net increase of green space.

Project Timeline:

Stage One works of the new museum are anticipated to begin in the 2019-20 financial year. A concept design for the new museum will be based on extensive public consultation and stakeholder input.

The consultant will work with local residents on how the new Darwin Museum and parkland should best contribute to a vibrant local community. This consultation will run in parallel with the 10-year Museum Master Plan consultation which will get underway in the coming weeks.

The 10-year Museum Master Plan will provide a framework and direction for the Northern Territory’s investment in cultural infrastructure in Darwin and Palmerston, including museums, galleries, libraries, art centres and keeping places.

The tender is under the Engineering Consulting Services (click here to review sample 'Closed' tenders in this services) and can be located via the Australian Tenders website, click here to review tender related to this project.

Visit Australian Tenders to keep informed of further updates on this project and to review all tenders on this project.
SOURCE: https://www.australiantenders.com.au...ritory-museum/
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Palmerston City which is located 20-21 KMS from the Darwin CBD has a few mid-rises there. I just realised that Rydges Palmerston City has been long completed. No thread for it so posting it in here:

What do you think of the look of it?


Source: Rydges.com


Source: TripAdvisor.com

Not sure if this is a photo or a render, but it is too big to post - so I've provided the link only.
http://community.palmerston.nt.gov.a...rston10-1-.jpg

Source: http://community.palmerston.nt.gov.a...merston-darwin

EARLY EVENING:

Source: https://www.booking.com/hotel/au/ryd...on-darwin.html
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More Palmerston buildings. Palmerston CBD is 20-21kms from Darwin CBD.

This is an office building which is right next door to Rydges Palmerston Hotel. It is called Boulevard Plaza, I believe it is under construction. There's a few small photos of it on the net.




MORE RENDERS AT THE SOURCE BELOW:
Source: http://www.realcommercial.com.au/pro...city-502033126

QUEST PALMERSTON - Completed a few years ago.

SOURCE: https://www.hotel.com.au/darwin/ques...apartments.htm

Source: https://www.wotif.com/Palmerston-Hot...el-Information

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Anyone got details or renders for the "new 22 storey building planned"?


"A PROPOSED $80 million building of 33 luxury, three- and four-bedroom apartments would create 160 jobs during construction if approved.

Local developer Diamondfan is planning the 22-storey building to deliver “six-star residences” on Darwin’s esplanade. It will include an in-house concierge, live-in on site manager and international standard facilities including a grand hotel style lobby, function areas and wine cellars.

Diamondfan’s George Tsirbas said the family-run company wanted to create a development that would become a signature landmark on the Darwin skyline.

“It is aligned with the vision for a cool, tropical Darwin with a sleek skyline, relatively small footprint and landscaped common areas,” Mr Tsirbas said. “This is very much a medium rather than high density development.”"

He said the development was not expected to impact on the existing CBD residential unit market. One hundred and sixty jobs will be created during construction with a smaller complement of ongoing jobs on completion.

Source: http://www.townsvillebulletin.com.au...9ce1bd7c3cddfb
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There's a render in the NT news but if the developer has lodged a DA then you can find the DA plans on the NT government website.

https://www.ntlis.nt.gov.au/planning/lta.dar.list

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My thoughts of why people are being driven away from Darwin and why it might continue to struggle.
- Too hot
- Cost of living is very, very high
- Public transport is in adequate in both the city and especially the suburbs. Its unusable and unthinkable for the vast majority of the population.
- Excessive problems with and non-productivity of itinerants
- Ongoing cycles of corruption in public and private sectors. Many vested interests.
- Youth crime, including petty vandalism, is visible and common.
- The NT PS is still under-productive with a lot of dead wood being carried.
- A lack of mountains - poor feng shui.
- A lack of craft breweries and their outlets generally, especially outside of the city.
- If the government is scared off by debt, big-picture, long term investments in new industries will be crippled. They need short and long term plans for big vision projects to exploit potential growth. I don't know what these would be I don't research this stuff, but I would presume:
  • big investments into NT tourism;
  • development of solar generation facilities and research bodies;
  • intensive growth in the cooperation on the development of Dili and Timor including construction, knowledge sharing, infrastructure development and more;
  • tropical and desert research and knowledge;
  • become the unequivocal hub of Indigenous knowledges;
  • increased defence facilities (outside of Darwin);
  • the absolute forefront on bridging the gap techniques, tactics, strategies and research;
  • and attracting high quality teachers;
I'd sign off on "good-debt" on solid business cases for any of these.

Mosquitoes and rains are not an issue, I think.
I think in the future there's going to be 'Climate control' technology, and Darwin could be made much cooler and thus more liveable.
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Why not a larger medical services centre for the wider region. 250 m Indonesians, many wealthy, with low doctor numbers per 100,000 people. The opportunities are potentially enormous.
I wonder if the military activities in the area will increase given the increasing volatility in the Asian region. Probably will- more opportunities to provide more medical services.
After you reach a critical size you get agglomeration working.
Education for the region is a no brainer given the $15Bn Australia is already making from overseas students.
There is always an opportunity for centres that foster creative activities- no subject to price fluctuations like primary products- you just need an entrepreneurial culture and creativity to make it work, perhaps with a bit of a government starter package.
Look at the impact of MONA in Tasmania.
Darwin does need to be made more liveable with solar powered and engineered buildings but the price mechanism and demand is not probably making it cost effective yet. The heat feels amazingly oppressive to a southerner like me, as it must to tourists, so internal living and working conditions, shopping malls etc need to be made comfortable to attract people to stay. Good town planning and architecture as exists down at the convention centre is the way to attract people to work and live in the area.
It would seem smart for the federal government to invest further in some of these areas. It isn't a vote winner I guess and that's probably why it hasn't happened.
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[QUOTE=Paranormal phenomena;140848380]Palmerston City which is located 20-21 KMS from the Darwin CBD has a few mid-rises there. I just realised that Rydges Palmerston City has been long completed. No thread for it so posting it in here:

What do you think of the look of it?

I think it is fun. You need to encourage diversity and architectural risk taking a bit more up there.
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Why not a larger medical services centre for the wider region. 250 m Indonesians, many wealthy, with low doctor numbers per 100,000 people. The opportunities are potentially enormous.
I wonder if the military activities in the area will increase given the increasing volatility in the Asian region. Probably will- more opportunities to provide more medical services.
Yes, and RDH has already played a role in the region - probably still does.
I think Indonesia's doctor/nurse/hospital shortage appears to not only be related to lack of trained personnel, but also accessibility - simply too many islands requiring people to jump on a boat when sick and injured.
However, tie your first two points together and they can address half the problem - RDH/Flinders/CDU University Hospital training in English and Bahasa!

There are some other baby steps needed to bring Timor, Indonesia and Darwin closer together - one most interesting to me is an undersea cable to Asia.

To me (who doesn't have to pay for it) this seems a no brainer.
The recent outages resulting in rerouting Asian comms through the US links highlights the use case, the map below highlighting the other. I understand all the major islands from Jakarta to Timor are now joined by 250G fibre. If one more were added say from Darwin to Dili or Darwin to Kupang; you would then have a direct fibre connection from Darwin to Asia, which in turn - Adelaide Sydney Brisbane Melbourne could leverage or fall back to.
Direct link, up the guts, to S.E.A.


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Fascinating. Thank you for that interesting reply and map.
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In search of Darwin

Having recently visited Darwin I was disappointed at how scattered the key resources of the city were. Very few are in the city centre. The university, the major sports stadium, the museum and art gallery, the hospital, the major shopping complexes are all missing from the city's heart something a small city like Darwin can't afford. I don't know how this was allowed to happen but clearly the idea was to build the city around the car and minimise social interaction. It will take decades to rectify these mistakes but at least some steps are taking place to have something downtown: the harbour development, a new art gallery, the redevelopment of the square in front of parliament. I can only hope this continues.

Darwin has immense potential and it knows it has to connect up with Timor and Eastern Indonesia but it still struggles to find the right formula. Communication is going to be at the heart of it but there will need to be a marriage of technology and cultural/language skills at an elevated level.

I don't understand those who say the climate is a problem, that it is too hot??? Darwin has a fantastic climate for more than 6 months of the year. During the Wet it can be uncomfortable at certain times of the day but most cities have an uncomfortable seasons. I lived in Boston for a winter and let me tell you it wasn't pleasant but you work out how to adapt. Climate is not the problem but planning and investment is. I know the Chinese have some interest in Darwin but the Indonesians have not really worked out how they want to interact with the city. When that happens things could change substantially.
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Yes, and RDH has already played a role in the region - probably still does.
I think Indonesia's doctor/nurse/hospital shortage appears to not only be related to lack of trained personnel, but also accessibility - simply too many islands requiring people to jump on a boat when sick and injured.
However, tie your first two points together and they can address half the problem - RDH/Flinders/CDU University Hospital training in English and Bahasa!

There are some other baby steps needed to bring Timor, Indonesia and Darwin closer together - one most interesting to me is an undersea cable to Asia.

To me (who doesn't have to pay for it) this seems a no brainer.
The recent outages resulting in rerouting Asian comms through the US links highlights the use case, the map below highlighting the other. I understand all the major islands from Jakarta to Timor are now joined by 250G fibre. If one more were added say from Darwin to Dili or Darwin to Kupang; you would then have a direct fibre connection from Darwin to Asia, which in turn - Adelaide Sydney Brisbane Melbourne could leverage or fall back to.
Direct link, up the guts, to S.E.A.


Map image source: https://www.submarinecablemap.com/
i wonder why the cable was placed around tasmania rather than just going through bass strait?
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i wonder why the cable was placed around tasmania rather than just going through bass strait?
I wonder why Tasmanians even need three cables.

I would have also thought Cairns to Sydney would have one, or one from Brisbane to somewhere else.

If there were one between Sydney and Brisbane perhaps there would be less interruptions every time someone didn't call dial before you dig.

I recall the main cable between the two cities being cut at least twice in 10 years, costing businesses between the two cities millions of dollars...
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DARWIN’S Evolution tower would be dwarfed by a new 38-storey luxury accommodation building on Mitchell St, if the proposal makes its way through Darwin council and the Development Consent Authority.

The proposed building would have an overall height of 132.5m above ground level, making it more than 30m taller than Evolution on Gardiner.


An artist's impression of the 38 storey hotel that is planned to be built in Darwin's CBD. Picture: Supplied

Top End Properties Pty Ltd have put forward the $115 million proposal for the new building on the site of the current Poinciana Motel, at the corner of Mitchell and McLaughlin St.

The new building would include luxury accommodation, two retail areas, function rooms and a public restaurant and bar on a mezzanine level.

It would also have 198 guest rooms, 23 three bedroom residential units and 190sq m of retail space.

The building, which will be made predominantly of glass, will have a “green wall”, made up of vegetation which will cover the four levels of above ground car parking.

Aimed to draw Asian tourists to the five-star accommodation, the planning proposal has been called the “missing piece” of Darwin.

“The proposed development is envisaged as an integral part of ensuring the city can become recognised regionally throughout Asia as a true ‘gateway’ or ‘door step’ to the quintessential Australian experience, and to continue to drive Darwin’s largely untapped tourism potential, and all of the associated flow on benefits,” the proposal stated.
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