Man falls to death off Darwin Esplanade cliff

A man has died after falling from a cliff on the outskirts of Darwin’s CBD early this morning, Northern Territory police say.

Emergency services were called to the Darwin Esplanade at 4:00am after being told a person had fallen from the area.

A 29-year-old man was declared dead at the scene.

Some parts of the coastline along the esplanade have a sheer drop from a significant height, but sections are fenced off by railing.

The area is within walking distance from the CBD and the city’s nightlife precinct.

An NT Police spokesman said there was nothing to indicate suspicious circumstances or that the fall was a suicide.

“It is a timely reminder to everyone who visits the esplanade that the safety fences are there for a reason,” Superintendent Daniel Shean said.

“Please do not climb them and venture toward the cliff edge, especially at night when there is little to no light to assist in seeing where the edge is.”

Investigations are continuing and police will prepare a report for the coroner.

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Darwin council delays vote on proposed RSL development slated for city’s Esplanade

Darwin council has delayed a highly anticipated vote on the proposal to build a new RSL on Darwin’s Esplanade.

A large crowd erupted in disappointment inside Darwin City Council when Darwin’s Lord Mayor Kon Vatskalis informed the public the vote — which would clarify if the council supported or rejected the RSL’s plans — would be delayed while council seeks further advice and information.

The deferred vote follows months of tension between the RSL and Darwin’s Deckchair Cinema over the location of the proposed site.

Darwin’s RSL burned down in 2018, and the prime piece of land adjacent to the Cenotaph at Bicentennial Park has long been coveted by the Darwin RSL sub-branch for a rebuild of the clubhouse.

The club has previously said the site was important to veterans as it overlooked a battleground of Australia’s most significant World War II event, the Bombing of Darwin in 1942.

The proposed RSL site is adjacent to Darwin’s Cenotaph.(ABC News: Alan Dowler)

“This site is unique in Australia, it’s where they fired the first shots in the bombing of Darwin,” Darwin RSL Stephen Glouster said.

“It’s the only site where there was a battle in Darwin, so to put the RSL there would just help with the remembrance of it all.”

Darwin’s Deckchair Cinema, an outdoor harbourside cinema located beneath the land in question, has long objected to the RSL’s proposal.

The cinema, which sits less than 100 metres away from the proposed site, has claimed noise and light pollution from the development would clearly threaten its future viability.

“Having carefully considered the proposal, it is clear that the development would cause ongoing severe noise disruption to the cinema,” the Darwin Film Society has stated.

“Showing movies without noise disruption is crucial to the cinema and it is likely that the Deckchair Cinema will no longer be able to operate if the development proceeds.”

A large crowd watches the screen at outdoor cinema at dusk.
Darwin’s Deckchair Cinema is staunchly opposed to the RSL’s proposed development.(Supplied)

The RSL’s proposal to Darwin council says the development would attempt to mitigate any disruption to the cinema.

More than 11,000 people have signed an online petition against the RSL’s plan, which was tabled in NT Parliament in June.

An overhead artist's rendering of the proposed RSL site.
The site of the proposed RSL sits less than 100 metres away from Deckchair Cinema.(Supplied)

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