Sunday Territorian 7 Mar 2021
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SUNDAY MARCH 7 2021 NEWS 09 V1 - NTNE01Z01MA Bowled over by plans A MAJOR proposed development in Nightcliff that includes a childcare centre and medical clinic could spell the end for Darwins only accredited bowling alley. A new development application, lodged by Auspac NT, has proposed building a childcare centre for 100 children, community centre, restaurant, medical clinic and offices at 69 Progress Drive. The single-storey development encompasses the former UBET offices and the current home of Bruno Maglieris Planet Tenpin bowling alley. The social sports venue is the only bowling alley in Darwin accredited for competitions. Mr Maglieri said the new proposal could be the demise of the business if it is unable to find a new location. Mr Maglieri said he knew the end of Planet Tenpin at its current location was imminent, but the business was struggling to get financial backing from the banks and support from the government to move to a new site. Planet Tenpin may have to pack up in as little as six months and, if successful, would move to a new site beyond the Berrimah Line. Mr Maglieri said the total closure of the venue would mean the end of access of the sport for everyone, including so many people with disabilities, school and community groups. This is not the first time a development has been proposed at the site, but Mr Maglieri said this time the developers were certain the new project would be realised. A proposal in October 2019 to build two nine-storey residential towers did not end up going ahead. Now, developers are proposing a childcare centre, complete with outdoor play area, a community centre, and 617sq m of office space. The development would also have a medical clinic big enough for two consulting rooms, toilets, 89 onsite carparking spaces and a restaurant, and a wall-mounted ebike charging facility. The project, according to documents, will regenerate the site and would also contribute positively to the area while creating local jobs. An artists impression of the proposed development at 69 Progress Drive, Nightcliff. Picture: Savvas Architect MADURA MCCORMACK New childcare centre could strike out tenpin ANTI-alcohol campaigners should be put under a microscope for whether or not their approach is productive in addressing problem drinking, according to the boss of Retail Drinks Australia. In an opinion piece for the Sunday Territorian, RDA chief executive Michael Waters (pictured) says the adversarial mentality often showed by anti-alcohol campaigners with regard to policy success needed to be addressed. It follows an NT News investigation last week that showed extra stimulus pay ments and early access to s u p e r a n n u ation have been linked to massive spikes in alcohol abuse, among other issues among Indigenous Territorians, highlighting the importance for strong alcohol policy. Anti-alcohol groups specifically champion policies which target all drinkers regardless of whether you are a problem drinker or not, he said. By contrast, the alcohol industry has persistently sought to target problem drinking through localised and specifically targeted solutions A balanced and collaborative approach from all is what is required to address the issue of problem drinking, rather than the combative and antagonistic approach taken by antialcohol groups. P16: MICHAEL WATERS OPINION Balancing the grog debate RAPHAELLA SAROUKOS Ground Floor | Hilton Darwin | 32 Mitchell St Follow us @pepperberryrestaurant Tuesday - Friday 11:30am 2:30pm Sunday 12:00pm 2:30pm For bookings, please call 08 8982 0000 at Darwin FreeSpirit Resort Simply Tropical Wedding... Patrui" free,Snirit fResort NOW OPEN f OR LUNCH