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15 Feb

Embracing Technology: A preview to the future of transport

15 February 2017

The Northern Territory Government announced late last year that a glimpse into the potential future of transport will be commencing in Darwin.

Members of the public are invited to experience this first hand starting today. Running three trips an hour, the EasyMile EZ10 autonomous vehicle will operate twice daily from Indo Pacific Marine to Stokes Hill Wharf.

The hours of operation are:

  • 11:30 am to 1.30 pm
  • 4 pm to 8pm

This location has been chosen where demand exists for a transport solution to help ferry visitors between locations for dining, retail, recreation and business.

Known as the ‘Driverless Bus’ this fully electric vehicle can also accommodate people with reduced mobility including wheelchairs and prams.

Once only thought of in the imaginations of movie producers, this cutting edge technology is real and provides a potential future transport solution.

The Territory government joins Singapore, Dubai/UAE, France, Netherlands, California and Japan to actively develop and assess autonomous transport solutions.

This is an opportunity to learn more about automated vehicles and see first-hand how they can be utilised to provide a transport solution, as well as consider the potential for this technology.

Get on board today! It is free to ride the Driverless Bus but you must book online – go to waterfront.nt.gov.au to book your ticket.

You can book online right up until you board the bus – but there may be strong demand, so get in early and book in advance to secure your desired timeslot.

The vehicle creates zero carbon emissions when operating and can operate between 8 and 12 hours before it requires recharging.

To ensure the safety of passengers a fully trained operator will be on board the vehicle during the trial to monitor conditions and the vehicle will not exceed 20kmph during the trial.

The Government wants feedback from passengers about their experience riding the bus. All passengers who ride the bus will be asked to complete a survey to help provide information to assist in assessing the success and outcomes of the trial. This will help inform future decisions about how the technology might be considered and used.

Those who complete the survey will have the opportunity to win a prize at the Darwin Waterfront Precinct.

The survey can be filled out at waterfront.nt.gov.au

 

Darwin Waterfront Media contact: Alana Madden 0417 169 553

 

14 Feb
24 Jan

Australia Day at the Darwin Waterfront

24 January 2017

The Darwin Waterfront has a fair dinkum line up of activities and entertainment this Australia Day.

Kick off your celebrations at 7 am at the Australia Day Fun Run, coordinated by the Australia Day Council. The fun run starts at the Darwin Convention Centre, with a 3km and 5km route options, taking participants into the city, along the esplanade and finishing back in the Darwin Waterfront parklands. Participants are encouraged to come along wearing their favourite Aussie dress-up and there are some prizes up for grabs for the best dressed costume. Cost of entry is via a gold coin donation on the day, which will be collected by volunteers prior to the run commencing.

In the parklands after the fun run, there will be plenty of free family fun including live music, come and try cricket with Cricket NT, a waterslide and juice bikes until 12 noon. There will also be free face painting and a sausage sizzle fundraiser for Lions Club of Darwin Nightcliff and free water from NT Beverages until 10 am.

The Wave Lagoon will open early at 8 am, and normal admission fees apply. Eighteen dollars provides a family of five (two adults and three children) all day entry until 6 pm. The Big Buoy inflatable water park will also be open from 9 am to 6 pm and is $15 per hourly session.

Stay for lunch or pack a picnic and enjoy the scenic views of the Recreation Lagoon, which will be fully patrolled by lifeguards from 7 am until 7 pm on Australia Day.

Local band, Coffin Fitz, will perform a free live concert from 4pm to 7pm, including Aussie favourites such as Long Way to the Top and Highway to Hell by ACDC, Flame Trees and Khe Sanh by Cold Chisel, Holy Grail by Hunters and Collectors and Intensive Care by Bondi Cigars.

The free concert will be coupled with a motorcycle show and shine coordinated by Badass Silverbacks and Black Dog Ride from 4 pm to 7 pm. Around 30 motorcycles will be on display next to Fiddler’s Green, including cruisers, tourers, sports bikes and adventure bikes from American (Harley, Victory, Indian), European (BMW, Triumph) and Japanese (Honda, Kawasaki) manufacturers. There will be a public vote for favourite male and female owned bikes. The Black Dog Ride is aimed at raising awareness for depression and suicide prevention. Black Dog Ride will have merchandise available for purchase and will also have a sausage sizzle and other activities in front of Pearl Galleria.

To register for the Australia Day Fun Run visit http://nt.australiaday.org.au/events-nt/fun-run/

For more information on the Coffin Fitz concert visit www.waterfront.nt.gov.au or like the ‘Darwin Waterfront’ on Facebook.

Media contacts:

Paola Ciarla, Events & Marketing Manager 0437 621 433
Mark Stinger, Coffin Fitz 0418 805 471

09 Jan

Fun is free these school holidays!

7 January 2017

A three week program of free school holiday fun is back at the Darwin Waterfront from 9–27 January 2017.

Get the kids out of the house and down to the Darwin Waterfront with a different activity on every weekday from 10 am. 

For the first time, a Little Nippers program will run on Fridays 13 & 20 January. ‘Nippers’ is a junior program that introduces children to Surf Life Saving.  The fun and interactive games program to introduce wading, board skills, beach sprinting, beach flags and shallow water activities. Parental participation is required for these activities, and it’s a fun way for parents and children to get active in the outdoors together. The nipper program boosts child’s confidence and teaches valuable life skills and knowledge, especially in and around the water.

Every Monday kids can cool off with water tag. Water tag is a similar concept to laser tag, just with water. Children are dressed with vests and they fire at each other with water guns. The aim is for players to fill up their opponent’s vest by blasting them with water. Over time, a small cork rises to the top to indicate a score.

On Tuesdays kids’ yoga teaches relaxation exercises through moving meditation working with breath and practising mindfulness. Kids will learn to engage their feet with ‘toega’ (yoga for toes) as well as their legs and back using the ‘plow pose’ to pass balls and blocks. The activities include fun and engaging yoga games like the; the flashcard dice game, a hula hoop boat game, an obstacle course and a blindfold walk. Parental involvement is optional.

On Wednesdays kids can join the circus, with a circus workshop. There will be juggling balls and clubs, hula hoops, diablo, balancing sticks, staff spinning and devil sticks. The instructors will provide the kids with demonstrations on how to use all of the equipment. All circus classes are great for building strength and coordination skills while learning how to genuinely clown around.

Children can get creative with arts and craft provided by local children’s entertainer, Mis Yenz on Thursdays 12 & 19 January as well as on Friday 27 January. Kids can try their hand at different paper craft activities including, origami, scratch art, sand art and finger puppets.

All activities are free and no bookings required. The activities are targeted toward primary school children aged from 5 to 12 years. 

Patrons are reminded to be sun-smart and bring sunscreen, a hat and plenty of drinking water.

An undercover waterproof pavilion will be used for the art and craft, yoga and circus workshops, as well as provide a shaded spot for family and friends to rest over the school holiday period.

After the school holiday fun, families can stay a little longer, lunch and a swim. 

The Wave Lagoon is open every day from 10am to 6pm. $18 gets a family of two adults and three kids all day entry, single entry is $5 for children and seniors, or $7 for adults. 

Families can also enjoy the free Recreation Lagoon, which is fully patrolled by lifeguards from 9am to 6pm daily.

For more information, or to download your free school holiday calendar, visit www.waterfront.nt.gov.au or the Darwin Waterfront Facebook page.

 

Media Contact: Paola Ciarla, Events & Marketing Manager 0437 621 433

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23 Dec

Recreation Lagoon reopens for swimming

23 December 2016

The Darwin Waterfront Recreation Lagoon and beach area is now reopened for swimming.

Water quality tests received by the Corporation today have revealed the Recreation Lagoon’s water has again returned to a high level of water quality, making it safe for swimming.

“The recent heavy rains, coupled with dense cloud cover, over the last few days saw a short change of the water quality in the Recreation Lagoon,” General Manager, Darwin Waterfront Corporation, Samuel Burke said.

“Safety is number one, and after receiving one test which indicated elevated levels we decided to close the lagoon as a precautionary measure.”

“It’s pleasing to note that the results received today indicate a high level of water quality, which is what we’re used to seeing here at the Darwin Waterfront.”

“The Corporation will continue to test the lagoon regularly, but we’re very pleased to be able to be open over the Christmas weekend.”

“The parklands provide an ideal spot to relax and spend time with family and friends over the Christmas period, and we encourage people to come down and make the most of any break we may get from the wet weather.”

The Corporation takes the issue of water quality very seriously, and has in place various management strategies for ensuring the water quality is maintained at a high standard.

Regular tests are undertaken in accordance with the National Health and Medical Research Council Standards and Department of Health Guidelines.

The Recreation Lagoon flushing system continuously pumps fresh sea water resulting in the water being turned over approximately every seven days which has helped to improve water quality quickly. 

In the event of extreme rainfall over the Christmas weekend, the Recreation Lagoon may have to be closed again, however weather forecasts see this as unlikely.    

For more information about the Recreation Lagoon visit www.waterfront.nt.gov.au 

 

 

Media contact: Paola Ciarla, Events and Marketing Manager, 0437 621 433

22 Dec

Recreation Lagoon temporarily closed to swimmers

22 December 2016

The Darwin Waterfront Recreation Lagoon and beach area has been temporarily closed due to high level readings during the Darwin Waterfront Corporation’s routine water quality monitoring program.

Continuous heavy rainfall and dense cloud cover has impacted water quality conditions and the Darwin Waterfront Corporation will undertake routine testing in order to monitor water quality.

The Darwin Waterfront Corporation is committed to maintaining the highest environmental practices to protect the users of the lagoon and the marine environment.

Regular tests are undertaken in accordance with the National Health and Medical Research Council Standards and Department of Health Guidelines.

The Recreation Lagoon flushing system continuously pumps fresh sea water resulting in the water being turned over approximately every seven days which will help to improve water quality quickly.

The public will be advised when the Recreation Lagoon is reopened. Until then please heed all signs while frequent testing is being undertaken.

The chlorinated Wave Lagoon, separate from the Recreation Lagoon, will remain open from 10am to 6pm daily except Christmas day.

Visit www.waterfront.nt.gov.au for the latest advice.

Media contact: Paola Ciarla, Events and Marketing Manager, 0437 621 433

30 Nov

Recreation Lagoon temporary closure – 6 to 9 December 2016

Both the inner and outer areas of the Recreation Lagoon will be closed from 6 to 9 December 2016 while cleaning works to the sea water intake pipes are underway. Swimming in the Recreation Lagoon will not be permitted during this time.

Sea water is constantly pumped into the Recreation Lagoon through three different intake pipes to manage water quality and maintain a constant water level.

The Corporation is undertaking cleaning of the pipes which are subjected to marine growth given the nature of the natural marine environment.

Cleaning will be undertaken through high pressure water-jetting of the pipes and removal of any marine growth within the pipes.

The maintenance works are required periodically to ensure longevity of the Recreation Lagoon and maintain to a high standard of water quality for swimmers.

Big Buoy Water Park will not operate during the closure.

The Recreation Lagoon will reopen on Saturday 10 December 2016.

For more information please contact the Darwin Waterfront Corporation from Monday to Friday, 8am to 4.30pm on 8999 5155 or email darwinwaterfront@nt.gov.au

 

30 Nov

The magic of Christmas comes to life at the Darwin Waterfront

30 November 2016

The Darwin Waterfront is bringing the magic of Christmas to life every night in December from 7 pm to 10 pm.

Thousands of lights will illuminate the tropical harbour-side parklands, transforming it into a majestical Christmas wonderland.

Find your way through the ‘Waterfront Woodland Walk’, where raintrees are lit with every colour imaginable. Sit back and enjoy the mesmerising lights which flicker and throw colours over the sprawling grass lawns.

Visit ‘Santa’s Snow Station’ to experience a white Christmas every half hour (7 pm, 7.30 pm, 8 pm, 8.30 pm, 9 pm, 9.30 pm and 10 pm).

Make a wish at the ‘Christmas Tree of Lights’ which is made up of over one thousand white lights and surrounded by a reindeer nativity.

Take a photo of ‘Candy Cane Lane’ – giant red and white candy canes standing nearly 3 metres tall.

Use the free WiFi to share your photos on social media using hashtag #darwinwaterfront

Stay a little longer and absorb the Christmas atmosphere. Book a dinner for the family at a local restaurant or treat the kids to an ice-cream, milkshake or crepe.

ENDS

Media Contact: Paola Ciarla, mobile: 0437 621 433

Media photo opportunity: Turning-on the ‘Christmas Tree of Lights’ on Thursday 1 December at 7pm

Darwin Waterfront Christmas Map

25 Nov

Be a Clause for a Cause

25 November 2016

Join the sea of red Santas this Sunday at Variety NT’s annual Santa Fun Run.

Variety NT is encouraging Darwinites to don their Santa suits, join this Sunday’s event and walk, stroll or roll their way to the finish line.

The event starts at the Darwin Convention Centre and finishes in the Darwin Waterfront parklands. Registrations open from 7am, and the race starts at 8am.

There’s free family fun at the finish line with a DJ, waterslide, water tag, stilt walkers, face painting and much more. There’s also plenty of fantastic prizes to be won on the day.

“In past years we have had over 500 Santas braving the heat all the in name of a good cause,” Melinda Fleming, General Manager on Variety NT said.

“The fun run is quite a spectacle in itself, and a great way to kick-off your Christmas celebrations and get into the festive season.”

“All funds raised go towards children who are sick, disadvantaged or have special needs.”

“To date, Variety has raised just over $71,000 across Australia and I’m hoping that Darwin locals can show the rest of Australia just how generous we too can be here in the Top End.”

Cost to participate is $30 per adult, $10 per child or $70 for a family. All participants receive a free Santa suit.

For more information or register for the event visit www.varietysantafunrun.com.au

Media Contact: Paola Ciarla, mobile: 0437 621 433

 

18 Nov

Find Christmas gifts to treasure at the Saltwater Craft fair

Media Release 18 November

Find the perfect Christmas gift at the Saltwater Craft Fair on Sunday 20 November from 9am to 1pm at the Darwin Waterfront.

With over 90 of the Territory’s best craftspeople and artists selling their handmade wares on the day, you’ll be spoilt for choice.

“This is one of Darwin’s favourite markets, renowned for the range and quality of its product, and the friendly, family atmosphere,” Sarah Body, General Manager of Tactile Arts said.

“Some of our stallholders travel from other parts of the Territory to participate in the fair, and many of the craftspeople are happy to talk about their work.”

“The craft fair presents many unique Christmas gift ideas. Before you purchase another mass produced product this festive season, have a look at the beautifully handcrafted wares on offer at the craft fair.”

“All items are made locally and as unique as the artist who made them.”

“At Christmas time, people are searching for that special and thoughtful gift which can be treasured for years to come. At the craft fair you’ll find hundreds of quality gifts which will do exactly that.”

“There’s something to suit every style, age and budget; from a thoughtful card to jewellery and sculptures, there’s something for everyone.”

“Everything on sale is original, made locally and handcrafted. Stalls include glassware, pottery, clothes, paintings, prints, mosaics, candles, books, photography, woodwork, textiles and huge sculptures made out of recycled found machinery. And all of it has been made with passion and skill.”

Tactile Arts delivers this event in partnership with the Darwin Waterfront.

Tactile Arts is a not-for-profit local arts organisation, that supports its member artists by delivering a range of programs. Its pinnacle event, the Christmas craft fair, is the perfect time for the Darwin community to support Tactile Arts support Darwin artists.

For more information visit www.waterfront.nt.gov.au or www.tactilearts.org.au

Media contact Alfiya Pocock, Events and Marketing Coordinator, 0457 964 832

 

 

 

 

 

17 Nov

Rock in the New Year with Diesel at the Darwin Waterfront

Media release 17 November 2016

Darwin’s biggest New Year’s Eve event is back on at the Waterfront with an extraordinary line-up of entertainment for young and old.

For the first time in Darwin, Diesel will perform a free live concert from 9.30pm with crowd favourites like ‘Cry in Shame’, ‘Tip Of My Tounge’ and ‘I Don’t Need Love’.

With 35 singles, 13 albums, six ARIA awards and record sales edging one million, Diesel is a journeyman of music.

Darwin Waterfront has become the iconic destination for the Territory on New Year’s Eve, often showcased amongst other key Australian destinations, with the likes of Sydney Harbour Bridge, Glenelg and Brisbane River, in national media.

The world-class location is fitting to be Darwin’s centre stage on New Year’s Eve, and has become a hub for events for locals all year round.

The popular New Year’s Eve event has been made possible with the investment of Toga, Darwin Waterfront Corporation and local Waterfront retailers.

Bring the kids early for plenty of family-fun with three 20-minute Hoot and Hootabelle shows, free face painting, balloon twisting and an early fireworks show at 9pm for the kids.

Local artists Max Fredericks and DJ UK will also keep the crowd entertained throughout the evening, and a spectacular fireworks finale at midnight will see in 2017.

Pack a picnic dinner, blanket and chairs and relax on the lawns for an evening of entertainment. There’ll be food and drink stalls and restaurants are taking dinner reservations for the evening. Eskies are welcome, but no glass or alcohol is permitted.

Be sure to bring a poncho in case it rains—the show will definitely go on! There’ll be undercover marquees for party-goers to retreat to should it get a little wet.

Free parking will be available from 4pm to midnight on 31 December in on-street and off-street parking bays at the Waterfront, including the Kitchener Drive multistorey car park. To avoid delays, park in the city and catch the free bus (from the Darwin city interchange) or take the short stroll through the tree canopy across the sky bridge and down the glass lift into the heart of the celebrations.

Visit the Darwin Waterfront again on New Year’s Day (1 January) for a free ‘jazz on the lawns’ concert from 12noon to 4pm.

For more information, visit www.waterfront.nt.gov.au or the Darwin Waterfront Facebook page.

Media contact: Paola Ciarla , Events and Marketing Manager, 0437 621 433

 

16 Nov

Find Christmas gifts to treasure at the Saltwater Craft fair

Media release 16 November 2016

Find the perfect Christmas gift at the Saltwater Craft Fair on Sunday 20 November from 9am to 1pm at the Darwin Waterfront.

With over 90 of the Territory’s best craftspeople and artists selling their handmade wares on the day, you’ll be spoilt for choice.

“This is one of Darwin’s favourite markets, renowned for the range and quality of its product, and the friendly, family atmosphere,” Sarah Body, General Manager of Tactile Arts said.

“Some of our stallholders travel from other parts of the Territory to participate in the fair, and many of the craftspeople are happy to talk about their work.”

“The craft fair presents many unique Christmas gift ideas. Before you purchase another mass produced product this festive season, have a look at the beautifully handcrafted wares on offer at the craft fair.”

“All items are made locally and as unique as the artist who made them.”

“At Christmas time, people are searching for that special and thoughtful gift which can be treasured for years to come. At the craft fair you’ll find hundreds of quality gifts which will do exactly that.”

“There’s something to suit every style, age and budget; from a thoughtful card to jewellery and sculptures, there’s something for everyone.”

“Everything on sale is original, made locally and handcrafted. Stalls include glassware, pottery, clothes, paintings, prints, mosaics, candles, books, photography, woodwork, textiles and huge sculptures made out of recycled found machinery. And all of it has been made with passion and skill.”

Tactile Arts delivers this event in partnership with the Darwin Waterfront.

Tactile Arts is a not-for-profit local arts organisation, that supports its member artists by delivering a range of programs. Its pinnacle event, the Christmas craft fair, is the perfect time for the Darwin community to support Tactile Arts support Darwin artists.

For more information visit www.waterfront.nt.gov.au or www.tactilearts.org.au

Media contact Alfiya Pocock, Events and Marketing Coordinator, 0457 964 832

31 Oct

Darwin’s Biggest Burger Graze is this weekend’s craze!

 Media Release 31 October 2016

Mealmates is an initiative that was co-founded by local Territorian Lisa Fraser to connect people and a community through food.

Mealmates will host their first ever all-you-can-eat ‘Burger Graze’ at the iconic Stokes Hill Wharf on Saturday 5 November 2016.

Darwin’s Biggest Burger Graze at Stokes Hill Wharf will dish-up an endless supply of burgers, sliders and sides thanks to Portside Chargrill between 12 noon to 5 pm.

“With eight different types of burgers on offer there’s a burger for everyone; from the classic beef, chicken, kangaroo, crocodile and even vegan and vegetarian burgers,” event organiser Lisa Fraser said.

“An unlimited supply of burgers is a dream come true for some, and what better way to gorge on this all-time favourite meal than on the wharf with a few friends?”

“Stokes Hill Wharf has been a meeting place for generations of Darwin locals, and the event provides another reason for locals to revisit the wharf and enjoy old-fashioned, quality food at an affordable price.”

“We’ll be creating a relaxed and casual harbour-side dining experience with live music throughout the event and drink specials all afternoon at the bar.”

“If burgers aren’t your thing, there are several other food retailers which will be open for lunch, and it’ll still a great day out with friends and family.”

“We’ve had a tremendous response so far. Tickets are for this event are pre sale only, we encourage anyone who is interested to pre-purchase tickets to avoid disappointment.”

Tickets are $20 per person and can be purchased online at https://mealmates-darwinburgergraze.eventbrite.com.au or by visiting the Mealmates Facebook page.

Parking is limited. However it is easy to park at the beginning of the wharf and catch the free continuous shuttle bus to and from Indo Pacific Marine between 12pm and 10pm on Saturday 5 November 2016.

ENDS

Media Contact: Paola Ciarla, Events & Marketing Manager, 0437 621 433

Event Organiser: Lisa Fraser, Mealmates Co-founder, 0427 146 699

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30 Sep

Recreation Lagoon will reopen 10am Sunday 2 October 2016

Media Release 30 September 2016

The Darwin Waterfront Corporation will reopen the Recreation Lagoon for swimming from 10am on Sunday 2 October 2016.

Early Sunday morning, the stinger net will be replaced as the final step in the response to the two marine stings experienced in the Recreation Lagoon last week.

Visitors can be confident that the Recreation Lagoon is one of the safest places in the Top End to swim. Since the closure, the Darwin Waterfront Corporation has:

Engaged a team of divers to audit the Recreation Lagoon and remove build-ups of the generally harmless Cassiopea jellyfish and survey marine life;
Carried out daily drag netting of the inner-Recreation Lagoon using Surf Life Saving NT personnel;
Performed nightly spotlighting to attract and remove jellyfish;
Ordered a replacement of the stinger-net in the inner-Recreation Lagoon (to occur Sunday morning); and
Consulted with a medical specialist in reactions to marine stings, a marine life expert and Surf Life Saving NT.
These activities have not identified any unusual marine species. The divers did find some hydroid (stinging sea fir / fire-coral) growth. Divers have removed the identified hydroid growths from the stinger-net and fountain outlet which could have caused serious allergic reaction in some swimmers. It should be noted that most people do not show allergic reactions to hydroids, however to prevent further growth of this type, cleaning and replacement of structures within the inner-Recreation Lagoon will occur more frequently in the future.

Swimmers are encouraged to enjoy the Recreation Lagoon and to remember that it is an active marine ecosystem and not a pool. Some marine stings will always be possible. Swimmers who encounter any type of marine sting should immediately report to lifeguards on duty for treatment and to prevent the sting developing further.

The Darwin Waterfront Corporation thanks the public for their patience and understanding during the Recreation Lagoon closure.

Normal admission prices will resume for the Wave Lagoon from Sunday.

Media contact: Paola Ciarla, Events & Marketing Manager 0437 621 433

24 Sep

Recreation Lagoon closure

The Darwin Waterfront Corporation has closed the Recreation Lagoon for swimming for the next week following report of a second reaction to a marine sting.

The Corporation takes these reports very seriously and the safety of the public is its first priority.

No confirmed Irukandji or Box Jellyfish have ever been identified at the Recreation Lagoon, however the active marine environment may, in rare circumstances, cause marine stings with serious reactions.

Over the coming week, nightly spotlighting and drag-netting of the Recreation Lagoon will be undertaken by Surf Life Saving NT. Divers will also be deployed to assess and cull the numbers of Cassiopeia jellyfish (generally harmless, though it is understood they may cause reactions with some individuals) and inspect other marine life in the Recreation Lagoon.

To ensure visitors are able to enjoy free swimming at the Darwin Waterfront, the Wave Lagoon will be open and free during normal business hours (10am to 6pm daily) while the Recreation Lagoon is closed.

The Recreation Lagoon remains one of the safest places in the Territory to swim.

The Darwin Waterfront Corporation will work over the coming week to ensure the Recreation Lagoon is made as safe as possible and thanks the public for its support and understanding.

Contact: Paola Ciarla, Events & Marketing Manager 0437 621 433

21 Sep

Marine species in the Recreation Lagoon

Media release 21 September 2016.

The Recreation Lagoon at the Darwin Waterfront remains one of the safest places to swim in the Territory.

There have been no confirmed reports of irukandji or box jellyfish in the Recreation Lagoon since it opened in 2009.

The lagoon is a natural marine eco-system with various marine species including; fish, algae, and the common Cassiopeia jellyfish.

Known marine species in the Recreation Lagoon present low risk to swimmers, however reactions to marine species can vary from no reaction, to a rash and more server symptoms in rare situations.

The Corporation takes all necessary precautions to minimise risks to swimmers, including the following:

  • Mesh screens are placed over the sea water intake pipes in order to reduce the risk of dangerous marine species entering the lagoon.
  • The stinger net also provides increased protection to remove any large marine species from the beach area for swimmers.
  • Regular jellyfish scans of the lagoon also occur along with regular monitoring and removal of Cassiopeia jellyfish to control numbers.
  • Lifeguards patrol the Recreation Lagoon from 9am to 6pm daily.

Following a reported sting on Tuesday 13 September 2016, the Corporation and its contractors have continued to monitor the area, however to date have not received any further reports of stings since the incident.

The Corporation advises that swimmers take note of signage around the Recreation Lagoon including warnings of potential marine stings.

Contact: Paola Ciarla, Events & Marketing Manager 0437 621 433

08 Sep

Threatened Species Showcase at the Darwin Waterfront

Media release 8 September 2016

Darwin Waterfront will host the fourth annual “Pop-up Zoo” this Saturday to raise awareness for National Threatened Species Day.

Territory Wildlife Park Director Shael Martin said the Park’s exhibition will include baby hatchling sea turtles for the first time.

“Not only will you be able to see the baby turtles, you can get up close and personal with a range of Northern Territory species including crocodiles, frill neck lizards and snakes,” Ms Martin said.

“The Territory Wildlife Park is at the forefront for education and information when it comes to threatened species in the Top End.”

“We are home to a range of species that are under threat in the wild and this event gives people the chance to learn more about how they can help preserve the unique flora and fauna that make our parks and reserves such great attractions.

“We pay tribute to our unique and rare Territory species in an important follow-up from Wednesday, 7 September, National Threatened Species Day.

“This is about providing an opportunity for different organisations to band together to highlight the vulnerability of our own species here in the Territory.”

The fourth “Pop Up Zoo” at Darwin Waterfront will host many interactive stalls including Australian Marine Conservation Society, Austurtle Inc, Sea Darwin, Crocodylus Park, Conservation Volunteers, Research Institute for the Environment and Livelihoods, Top End Native Plant Society and Wildcare.

The “Pop Up Zoo” initiative has attracted thousands of people over the past three years, making it a popular annual event. Admission to Saturday’s event is free and will be held at Darwin Waterfront from 9.00am to midday.

Media Contact:  Simon Ferguson 0428 664 235

02 Sep

Tactile Arts on the Wharf

Media release 2 September 2016

Darwin Waterfront and Tactile Arts are delighted to announce a new craft market!

‘Tactile Arts on the Wharf’, is a harbour-side, twilight market which will be held every Saturday in September, from 5pm to 8pm.

Each Saturday the iconic Stokes Hill Wharf will host 15 stalls, showcasing the work of some of Darwin’s finest local artists and crafts people. Each night will bring a new mix of stallholders, featuring more than 40 artists over the four nights with an incredible array of quality handcrafted items.

Check out the event page on the Darwin Waterfront’s Facebook for a list of exhibitors each night.

“A sunset meal out on Stokes Hill Wharf is a great Darwin experience, for locals and visitors alike, so it is a fitting location to celebrate our talented crafts people,” Sarah Body, General Manager, Tactile Arts said.

“Buying a product directly from the artist who made it is a very special experience and often the characteristic of each handcrafted item is as unique as the individual who makes them.”

“There’s a big range of products available including glass jewellery and beads, paintings, clothing, ceramics, mosaics, textiles, metal and wood crafts and much more.”

You can make a night of it and stay for dinner or even plan a sunset cruise.  Stokes Hill Wharf offers a relaxed dining atmosphere with a choice of two seaside alfresco eateries or casual restaurant dining, specialising in fresh local seafood and steak.

Parking is limited, however it is easy to park on Stokes Hill Road and catch the free continuous shuttle bus to and from Indo Pacific Marine between 4pm and 10pm daily.

For more information like the ‘Darwin Waterfront’ on Facebook or contact Tactile Arts on admin@tactilearts.org.au

ENDS: Media Contact: Paola Ciarla, Events & Marketing Manager 0437 621 433
Images supplied: samples of artworks on sale.

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05 Aug

Rio 2016 Olympics comes to the Darwin Waterfront

Media release 5 August 2016

Watch the Rio 2016 Olympics live on the big screen at the Darwin Waterfront.

The Olympics will be broadcasted each day from 8.30am–10pm, 6–21 August 2016*.

The all-encompassing sports coverage will be televise on a 5.12metre LED screen from Channel Seven’s free-to-air broadcast live from Brazil.

Bring a picnic blanket, deckchair and enjoy the relaxed vibe of the Darwin Waterfront with friends and family and support our Australia athletes as they compete in the 2016 Rio Olympics.

The live broadcast commences with the Opening Ceremony at 8.30am on Saturday 6 August 2016.

To download a copy of the scheduled broadcast visit www.seven.com.au/olympics

*Broadcasting will not occur during the below times due to the Darwin Festival’s Miss Colombia sound checks and performances:

  • Tuesday 9 August 2016, 2pm to 3pm  (sound check)
  • Wednesday 10 August 2016, 3:30pm to 8pm (sound check and performance)
  • Thursday 11 August 2016, 3:30pm to 8pm (sound check and performance)

 

Media contact: Paola Ciarla, 0437 621 433.

 

 

29 Jul

Pesona Indonesia – Saturday 30 July 2016

Media release 29 July 2016

Darwin’s rich Indonesian culture will come alive this Saturday at Pesona Indonesia.

The Darwin Waterfront will be transformed into an Indonesian extravaganza from 4pm to 8.30pm on Saturday 30 July.

“Pesona” translates to “enchanting”, which is fitting for this event which celebrates and showcases Indonesian’s vibrant culture, mesmerising entertainment and delicious food.

Attendees can expect to indulge in delicious Indonesian cuisine such as authentic rice and noodle dishes, laksa, nasi goreng, soups, curries, rendang, satays, gado gado, spring rolls and Indonesian desserts.

The free Indonesian festival will host an exciting line up of entertainment will include live bands, dance performances, a fashion parade and much more.

“It is especially significant to have Rindik Bambu Bali from Bali, Indonesia at the event who will perform  Rindik, which is a traditional musical instrument made out of bamboo,” Wayan Chambers, Secretary of Darwin Bali Community.

“Darwin is Indonesian’s gateway to Australia, and with a similar laid-back lifestyle and climate, it’s no wonder that we have a natural connection.”

“Pesona Indonesia gives Darwinians an opportunity to experience the Indonesian culture without having to get on a plane overseas; instead we’re bringing it to your doorstep.”

“Indonesia is Darwin’s closest overseas neighbour and we value our strong ties, connection and relationship between the two countries.”

“The event bridges cultural understanding, while also about instilling a sense of cultural pride within our younger generations.”

This is the third year the event has been held as a standalone independent event at the Darwin Waterfront.

Pesona Indonesia is an annual event, which is scheduled to fall close to the Indonesian Independence Day on 17 August.

For more information visit www.waterfront.nt.gov.au/events

 

Photo opportunity:

Media are welcome to attend Pesona Indonesia rehearsal, 3pm Friday 29 July 2016 at the Darwin Waterfront.

Media contact: Alfiya Pocock, 0457 964 832

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