Proposed Nightcliff Foreshore Cafe/RestaurantAfter a long delay, City of Darwin finally announced its consultation on the idea of building a Cafe/Restaurant on the Nightcliff Foreshore near the Nightcliff Swimming pool.
Lord Mayor Katrina Fong Lim made it quite clear on ABC TV News (25.3.2013) that those who are totally against any such building here on the foreshore headland, that is who are for the 'status quo', can say so now, in the consultation process.
The attachment below from the C of D website provides an outline of the situation.
There is additional information on the C of D website which you can find by searching 'Nightcliff Foreshore Consultation'.
Council's online survey has great detail about preferring one of the two optional buildings, but there is nowhere you can state you are against any buildings at all in this location.
The consultation will close at 5pm on 6 May, 2013.
IF, LIKE ALL MEMBERS OF THE PLAN COMMITTEE, YOU WISH TO VOTE FOR NO NEW BUILDINGS ON THE NIGHTCLIFF FORESHORE AT THIS LOCATION, WE SUGGEST YOU SIMPLY EMAIL THE REFERENCE OFFICER LISTED AT THE END OF THE SURVEY AS FOLLOWS AND SAY SO:
After two people searched unsuccessfully to find within the 'consultation survey, a place to vote for the 'status quo' , that is, NO CAFE/RESTAURANT, a call was made to Council.
Council advised that THE PLACE IS WITHIN QUESTION 6. SO PLEASE USE IT IF THAT IS YOUR WISH.
Just check carefully, as the rest of the 'consultation survey' is about the two built options.
Please note that this survey is for anyone who cares, not just the residents of Nightcliff.
LOCAL PROPOSED MASTERPLAN FOR ENHANCING THE NIGHTCIFF FORESHORE HEADLAND WITHOUT A RESTAURANT
This proposal has been put together by a group of Nightcliff residents calling themselves Friends of Nightcliff. The group includes Simon Scally an architect and Marisa Fontes a landscape architect and other community members.
Like many of us, they do not want a restaurant, but love the Nightcliff foreshore for relaxation. They see this time of focus as the occasion to improve the Nightcliff Headland for the enjoyment of all residents and ratepayers. The greatest urge seems to be for a cafe/coffee shop, rather than a restaurant.
The main suggestion is to improve safety and landscaping on the area and improving the pool infrastructure, modernising it, and tucking a cafe into the end of the refurbished pool building. There would be no 250sm+ $1.5 million+ restaurant on the headland, on the eroding cliffs.. Other costs would need more carefully managed.
A major feature would be the re-routing of the walking/running circuit around to the sea side of the pool, away from Casuarina Drive, and the car parks. This would eliminate clashes between cars and pedestrians.
Here is the Masterplan, with key references shown below on the map. PLan suggests you may wish to vote NO at question 6, on the Council Survey, and instead support some of these ideas for improving the precinct. for everyone. Voting NO leaves the options open.