Darwin Cenotaph Redevelopment Project

Darwin RSL is proposing to redevelop the Darwin Cenotaph located in Bicentennial Park at the Esplanade.

The Darwin Cenotaph commemorates the sacrifice of Australian servicemen and women who have served in conflicts in which Australia has been involved.

Proposed monument concept

The location of the monument at Bicentennial Park is historically significant as it overlooks Darwin Harbour where servicemen departed from during World War I and where many servicemen and women died during the Bombing of Darwin in World War II. It is also located on the site where the guns of the 14th Anti-Aircraft Battery were positioned and fired the first shots in defence of Darwin during World War II.

Darwin is the only capital city in Australia without an eternal flame at its Cenotaph. Installing an eternal flame as part of the redevelopment will ensure the site is respectfully commemorated and recognised.

The proposed Cenotaph redevelopment will include:

  • removing old flagpoles and relocating and installing 14 metre flagpoles
  • constructing an access ramp to the Cenotaph
  • erecting an eternal flame on a four metre tall column
  • installing a 12 metre Bombing of Darwin monument
  • installing six interpretive walls with etched stories and imagery telling the Bombing of Darwin story
  • removing seven trees from the proposed site, including four Milkwood trees
  • trimming some trees near the proposed construction.

Click here to view a fly through of the concept design (link to video)


About the Consultation

True North Strategic Communication is conducting this consultation on behalf of Darwin RSL.

The Darwin Cenotaph is owned and maintained by the City of Darwin. Once the consultation period concludes, Council will consider the proposal.

Consultation is open until Monday 18 August 2017.

How you can get involved 

For more information or to provide feedback on this proposal contact True North Strategic Communication on 08 8981 6445 or [email protected].

What happens next?

True North will compile a report for the City of Darwin which will include a summary of stakeholder feedback. This report will be made public.


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How you can get involved

A community event will be held at the Darwin RSL on Tuesday 15 August from 5:00pm – 6:30pm. All community members are welcome to attend to hear more about the proposal and provide their feedback.

To register your attendance for the community event email [email protected] or call 8981 6445.

Please note, Darwin RSL has a dress code of no singlets and no hats.