The Northern Territory news Wed 13 Jan 2021
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WEDNESDAY JANUARY 13 2021 NEWS 07 V1 - NTNE01Z01MA Austin Lane upgrades transform city space A REFRESHED Austin Lane is expected to become a popular events venue and bustling pocket in Darwin city. The $1.8m upgrades, completed by the PTM Group and funded by the NT government through the City Deal, include a road levelled with the footpath and better signage to improve safety and access as well as pedestrian infrastructure and beautification of the Austin Lane and Spain Place alleyways. Hospitality NT chief executive Alex Bruce said the Austin Lane refacing seemed to be a natural progression and he could see the areas activation sprawling further. Cities are constantly redeveloping and reinvigorating themselves. Prior to Mitchell Street becoming what it was, activity was in Cavenagh Street, he said. Then it moved to Mitchell Street; now with activation and all the works completed, theres pockets of interesting venues around Austin Lane and its becoming a bit of a destination in its own right. Through the use of parklets, you can see that activity spreading either side into Cavenagh Street and the side streets. Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics Minister Eva Lawler said the improvements would allow more events to be held on the streets to bring people into town. We are transforming the CBD so it can become a more attractive space for everyone to enjoy, driving more people to the city and increasing traffic into our local businesses, she said. Darwin Lord Mayor Kon Vatskalis said opening lanes around Darwin was a great idea but the public needed to get on board. What we are expecting and waiting for now is the private sector to come on board and say Youve done the job, were going to put a bar, a pizza shop, a small restaurant there to revitalise the place, he said. You cant revitalise it by planting a few trees, you need to bring people in. Good Thanks burger restaurant has developed an outdoor beer garden backing on to Spain Place where improvements were also made. Manager Alex James said he was looking forward to being able to participate in events in the precinct. Austin Lane in Darwins city centre has had new lighting installed after a street beautification project. Picture: Che Chorley WILL ZWAR THE Planning Action Network has backed the Darwin Lord Mayors calls to leave fencing on Darwins Esplanade as it is, despite two recent incidents of people falling down the cliffs. PLAN convener Nicholas Kirlew said Kon Vatskalis had a practical approach to the issue. There are numerous places all over the world where people are required to pay attention to the space theyre in are we trying to create a foolproof outcome? he said. We feel for the people involved its obviously not the outcomes we want but equally we believe people have a responsibility to use these open spaces responsibly. Mr Kirlew said there was no need to waste money on upgrading safety infrastructure. The fencing is adequate on the Esplanade, the lighting has created a much safer environment and the cameras too, he said. But what people do in their own lives, we cant legislate that out, we cant fence that. Esplanade fencing adequate WILL ZWAR Morrison steps up PALMERSTON alderman Lucy Morrison will become acting Mayor of Palmerston, with the Mayor Athina Pascoe Bell and Deputy Mayor Tom Lewis on leave until January 20. The decision, which was made at Palmerstons December meeting, comes as both the mayor and deputy mayor are absent for the first time since the council was formed in 2018. It means Ms Morrison will chair the councils first meeting for 2021 next week. | darwinairport.com.au Say goodbye properly.... & a free Coffee $8 for 2 hours parking darwinairport.com.au * T&Cs apply