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The monsoon trough moved away during the first week, as it
does but not for long, and there was frantic activity to get
the building pad ready for hand over. Wave wall segments appeared
everywhere with backfill and rock armouring close behind; by the
8th the place was starting to look like a building site.
At the western end of the project area BMD's trenching revealed all manner
of buried treasure. This area, the site of the earliest European
settlement on the Darwin peninsula, used to be Fort Hill before
it was pushed into the harbour about 1965 to make way for the Iron Ore Wharf.
Since early days the area has been used as a dumping ground, especially
after Cyclone Tracy, so there's no shortage of steel girders etc.
Sitzler/Barclay Mowlem JV have now taken possession of their site to begin
construction of Darwin's new Convention Centre. The image left shows those all
important sewerage connections being finalized - now work can start!
Through the trees left, in the expanded image, is the excavation for basement
carparking. Centre is the dredge and excavators preparing for the placement of
fill for the first of the peninsulas for the apartments blocks.
By the end of February, Keith Aitken's band of merry men from Advance Civil were
started on the job of laying a new water main from the Darwin CBD. This daunting
task involves threading a new 375mm MSCL pipe though the myriad underground
services in the city area then along Herbert St and downhill past the Deckchair Cinema.
It will provide the Waterfront Project with potable water for domestic and