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Sun newspapers Wed 6 May 2015



Sun newspapers Wed 6 May 2015


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Community newspapers -- Northern Territory -- Darwin Region

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04 NEWS WEDNESDAY MAY 6 2015 SUBE01Z01MA - V1 AFTER a nine-year wait, Gwelo will finally go ahead with plans to spruce up the old Woolworths site in the Darwin CBD. General manager Bernie OConnell said the development company received the permits to go ahead with the development this week and works were expected to begin within a month. The site, on the corner of Knuckey and Smith St, traded as Woolworths from 1969 until it was sold by property developer Kerry Manolis for $21 million to Gwelo in 2006. It has remained derelict and boarded up since then. Gwelo will develop the site into an area for shops and restaurants to operate for a seven-year lease, and already has about six businesses signed up to occupy spaces once it is complete. Were looking at starting works inside the building soon but we wont expect to be completed until the third quarter of this year, Mr OConnell said. The inside isnt as bad as people think. In March, Gwelo ran into difficulty with the City of Darwin parking stipulations because of a shortfall of 91 carparks. Initially, council was going to charge Gwelo $2.1 million, or $23,632 per parking shortfall. After lengthy discussions with the council and the Development Consent Authority, it was decided Gwelo would pay $235.80 per parking spot every year for the next seven years, totalling about $150,000, under the Darwin Local Rate levy because the building was already established. Over the next three months the boardings will be taken down, the awnings will be extended, and the building will be given a fresh coat of paint. If Gwelo decides to rede velop the site after the sevenyear stint, it will still be required to pay the parking shortfall to council if it does not provide any parking spaces. In the meantime the corner will become alive again, with big things to come, Mr OConnell said. Makeover for Woolies site DANI MCDONALD Joy as night falls on island proposal RESIDENTS of Nightcliff rose early one morning this week to celebrate the canning of the controversial Nightcliff Island idea. The milestone was marked by two large flotillas of kayaks and paddleboards paddling out into Ludmilla Bay. Nightcliff state Labor MP Natasha Fyles said the Island was 85 per cent not happening with the final 15 per cent subject to the cancellation or expiry of an exploration lease. Last year the Government granted the Halikos Group a five-year 98ha harbour lease to assess the feasibility of the project, which has met significant community opposition. The lease is set to expire in December. Core drilling last year revealed the site was unsuitable for any development. Ms Fyles said residents were happy with the news because they didnt want Nightcliff to become the next Dubai. Australian Marine Conservation Society northern campaigner Jacqui Taylor said the development wouldve ruined the coast and nearby sea life. This is a victory for the local residents and Ludmilla Bay, she said. This inappropriate development would not have served anyone except the developers. Jacqueline Taylor from Australian Marine Conservation Society and Anna Boustead from the Environment Centre NT met with No Nightcliff Island supporters for a kayak around Ludmilla Bay. Picture: AARON BURTON NOMINATIONS NOW OPEN Entries close 12. June 2015 lisa.tripp@mbant.com.au or call 8922 9666 E X C E L L E N C E I N B U I L D I N G & CONSTRUCTION AWARDS 2015 2 1 . 0 8 . 2 0 1 5 S K Y C I T Y BINGO St MaryS Football Club AbAlA Rd MARRARA 8927 9900 Jackpots pokies keno Meals Bar Only for members and bona-fde guests in the company of a member 11am2:30pm & 8-10pm wed thur frI SuN 8pm to 10pm 2pm to 5:30pm 8pm to 10:30pm Appointments: Mon Fri 8am 8pm Walk in Service: Mon Fri 6pm 10pm Sat Sun 8am 10pm Urgent Care Walk in Service: 10pm 8am 7 days a week Palmerston GP Super Clinic is part of FCD Health Ltd We bulk bill: childre n under 16 year s of age pensio n and c oncess ion card holders DVA c ard hold ers; and people of Abor iginal o r Torres Strait Island descen t for Gen eral Pra ctice se rvices for whic h a Med icare rebate i s paid. Call 8919 8919 Palmerston Health Precinct3 Gurd Street, Farrar 24/7 We are here for you 7 d d Visitors & New Patie nts Welcome !!

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