Playground precinct at Myilly Point
THE NT Government will build a “playground precinct” to replace its planned museum at Myilly Point after scrapping the $50 million project last year.
The government yesterday released a tender to design and build the playground, which will include play equipment, a skating area and an ibisshaped “bin chicken” shade structure.
The new project is listed in the budget papers as coming in at a far more modest $3 million. In calling for expressions of interest, Infrastructure Minister Eva Lawler said the new project would “support more than 15 local jobs”.
“We understand how important Myilly Point is for many Territorians and these works aim to complement and enhance the usability of this key public space — providing an attractive family friendly park for all to enjoy,” she said.
Myilly Point includes the site of notorious Aboriginal internment camp the Kahlin Compound.
Ms Lawler said the project would allow for restoration works that would “acknowledge the history and cultural significance of the site”.
Member for Port Darwin Paul Kirby said the park would be welcomed by his constituents.
“As the local member I’ve been pushing for some time to upgrade and activate Myilly Point and it is exciting that the people of Port Darwin and the northern suburbs will soon be able to use the reserve as a space to enjoy fun, recreational activities,” he said.
“This project will provide the local community with an attractive park to enjoy, while still allowing for any iconic Territory statement on the site when the opportunity presents.”
A tentative design was released with the tender but Ms Lawler said that could change at the successful bidder.
Construction is scheduled to begin in September with the playground to be operation by February next year.