The Property Council of Australia has challenged candidates in the upcoming Darwin City Council Election to put forward their credentials for ensuring that Darwin capitalises on its recent growth and secures its future as a modern, tropical capital city.
"Key projects such as the WWII museum and possibly a new Federal Court Building are fantastic opportunities that have the potential to bring the Civic Precinct area of the CBD alive," said Property Council NT President Allan Garraway.
"Successfully candidates must be capable of steering the City through a new generation of exciting development opportunities," said Mr Garraway
The property industry believes that it is critical that successful candidates in the 2008 Darwin City Council election have the following attributes:
Have a vision for Darwin that will ensure our capital city reaches its full potential.
Be willing to work with the Northern Territory Government and private sector to implement a vision, for the benefit of all Darwinites.
Have a positive attitude towards development and urban design, as done properly development will add to the amenity of the CBD.
Support a level playing field for all providers of car parking through creation of a separate statutory authority with responsibility for managing car parking reserves.
Champion getting on with improving The Mall right now.
Actively encourage all initiatives for the Civic Precinct and its connection to the Waterfront. Ensure that Council property and roads in the Civic Precinct contribute to realising the vision for this important area.
More detail on each of these issues can be found in the Property Council of Australia’s 2008 Darwin City Council Election Policy Platform.
A vibrant and progressive capital city is good for all Territorians. The 2008 Darwin City Council Election is poised to be a fascinating clash of ideas and ideals.
The Property Council Forum on 19 March will provide Lord Mayoral candidates in the upcoming election the opportunity to present their election credentials.
For more information contact:
Karen White, NT Executive Director, 08 8981 6440 or 0438 822 952