It's been planned and argued for several years now but while I was busy raising a family and my trips into town have become minimal they managed to sell off the Little Mindil Beach area and turn it into a Parking Lot! Worse still the beautiful treed escarpment has now been laid to waste and nothing is left but bare rock and tree stumps!
Ironically I noticed the decimated escarpment while attending Marnie Jay's art exhibition "No Place Like Home" at Burnett House on Myilli Point. It's Ironic because Marnie's art celebrates the culture and atmosphere of old Darwin Town.
As I approached the Heritage Listed venue I was struck by the distinct lack of greenness where once there was a lush and thick canopy of Monsoon Vine Forrest!
(Land Care - On The Edge.... or is it over the edge?)
(Tree stumps and parking lots - Can Greed and beauty exist in the same place?)
Another Wild and Beautiful place in Darwin has been stolen from us!
It is obvious to many of us that the NT is a classic example of Machiavellian State!
(Government Shame - Beauty defiled, Habitat destroyed.... access denied!)
Despite the lack of respect shown for the intrinsic natural value of the escarpment as habitat or as simply shade or at bare minimum screening, the act of defoliating the entire cliff face defies logic when you hear what the new land owners next move was... and I don't quite know what form of madness describes this act.
Apparently at a recent entertainment event held at the Casino, security guards stood at the fence line above the cliff and prevented people from gazing down on the Casino Lawns... a view they would never have had if the forest had been left in tact!
Here's a recent comment about this matter from an Opposition Party member.