Monday, June 24, 2024

New dance floor for iconic hotel wiped out by Cyclone Tracey

An iconic remnant of the old Seabreeze Hotel at Nightcliff has been given a facelift by City of Darwin.

Constructed in 1947, the Seabreeze Hotel at Nightcliff was destroyed by Cyclone Tracey in 1974 and was never rebuilt. The only thing that remained of the structure was a concrete floor that was used by local dance groups and individuals for open air dancing.

Lord Mayor Kon Vatskalis said the concrete floor was old, uneven and cracked, making it unsafe for people to dance on.

“People have been dancing on this concrete space in Nightcliff for many years and it has become very dangerous for the dancers who were at risk of hurting themselves,” Mayor Vatskalis said.

“Council recognised this and decided it was time to replace it with something safer that people can enjoy and that can last for many more years to come.

The original Seabreeze Hotel, Nightcliff, Darwin.

“I can’t wait to see the dancers busting their moves on the new area when it is fully finished and ready to use in a couple of weeks’ time.

“It’s a unique thing to witness for passers by doing their regular dog walk or just taking in the fabulous Darwin sunset.”

In recognition of its importance to the people of Darwin, the site of the first Seabreeze Hotel was entered into the National Trust’s Register of Significant Places in 1992.

The Mayor said interpretative signage would also be installed detailing the history of the old Seabreeze Hotel.

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