A New Development at Myilly Point
On 22 April the NT Government announced that the proposed that the Myilly Point museum of the NT has been cancelled.
The decision comes from strong local feedback against the museum, in preference for a stronger focus on jobs, investing in schools, children and safer communities.
The NT Government has confirmed it will activate Myilly Point as community space because it has been sitting vacant for too long. It is an important link between the CBD, the Gardens and Mindil Beach.
During the consultation process there was community support for a children’s playground and landscaping improvements at Myilly Point. This work will continue, utilising a $3 million investment to be spent on landscaping the site’s road frontages and building a children’s adventure playground on a small section of land.
Any longer-term plans for the remainder of the site will be developed with the community, including traditional owners and representatives of the Stolen Generation. This includes ensuring the history of the site is recognised, including the housing of the Kahlin compound there.
Friends of Kahlin and other representatives of the Stolen Generation will be involved in the planning process for a nationally significant Centre for the Stolen Generation.
Key decisions around this project include:
- Keeping the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory (MAGNT) at Bullocky Point.
- Using the $50 million currently allocated to the museum in 2019/20 (minus $3.8 million funds allocated to concept report/consultation and new works announced today) for other projects as part of the $100 million CBD revitalisation plan
- Continuing with the $100 million plans to revitalise the Darwin CBD, including redeveloping State Square by creating more green space and cooling the area by undergrounding carparks around Parliament and the Supreme Court plus building a fine art gallery, creating a shade cover over Cavanagh Street as a cooling trial, relocating University students into the CBD, relocating the bus terminal and funding more street art.
- Using the concept plans for the Myilly Point museum and cultural precinct to drive community discussions about future plans for the site.