What you want to do in the public space and why?
Create a location for the expression of Indigenous culture through dance, song lines, storytelling and outdoor marketplace for Indigenous people to market their products. It will be the first impression that tourists will have of Indigenous people as they walk up from the cruise ships. It will also serve as a place for ceremony and for tourists to engage with cultural activities such as basket weaving, painting, storytelling, cooking etc etc. You will have bush foods there providing tasting plates and food representing the fusion of cultures from around the world expressed in Indigenous dishes. It will also be a pathway to direct people to the Larrakia Nations shop. This will become the tourist attraction that is currently missing in the Darwin experience.
How you will make this project happen?
We will engage with the Botanical Gardens on the transplanting of the Pandanus trees, a local supplier of red dirt and locate suitable logs for seating. We will obtain quotes for the shade structure and look to obtain further sponsorship from local suppliers.
When will the project start and finish? How long will it take?
It will take a matter of weeks as it is a simple project only requiring the transplanting of Pandanus trees the supply of logs and red dirt and of a shade structure over the area.
What permits or whose permission will you need to implement the project? What do you already have and what will you need to obtain?
We will need permission from Larrakia Nation.
How will you deliver the project, including how many people will be involved and any partnerships you have developed?
The project will involve Larrakia Nation, the Botanical Gardens, Darwin City council and Top End Tourism along with a project manager.
How will you know your project is successful?
Initially from the engagement of Indigenous people locally and from those out on country who register to attend the markets and who want to perform dance. Secondly by the response from tourists who engage with those selling product and who book and pay to see dance performances.