Community and stakeholder engagement, Consultation, Design, Media relations
Darwin RSL wanted to consult with the community about the redevelopment of the Darwin Cenotaph located in Bicentennial Park at The Esplanade. Their proposal included:
- removing old flagpoles and relocating and installing 14 metre flagpoles
- constructing a disabled access ramp to the Cenotaph
- erecting an eternal flame on a four metre high column
- removing seven trees from the proposed site, including four Milkwood trees
- trimming several trees near the proposed monument site
- installing a 12 metre Bombing of Darwin monument
- installing six interpretive walls with etched stories and imagery telling the Bombing of Darwin story.
As independent consultants, True North was engaged by Darwin RSL to develop an engagement strategy and consult with the community and key stakeholders on the proposal. We prepared a range of communication materials, including a direct letter, media release, fact sheet and a map illustrating the concept design. To capture feedback, we conducted one-on-one meetings with key stakeholders, widely publicised how the community could provide feedback, and held a community event. We received a high volume of varied feedback as part of the consultation process.
Following the consultation program, an independent report was prepared for Darwin RSL which outlined the feedback gathered during the five week process. The report was considered by the City of Darwin who provided in principle support for the renewal of the Darwin Cenotaph subject to the concept being revised to reflect community feedback. The City of Darwin advised that Darwin RSL is to work with the Bombing of Darwin and Military History Advsiory Committee, taking into consideration community feedback, and present alternative redevelopment options to Council.