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Conservation Work Underway at Darwin’s Lyons Cottage

By Alicia Jarrett

Darwin's historic and much loved Lyons Cottage on the Esplanade will be undergoing significant conservation works funded through a Northern Territory government program.

The cottage was first built in 1925 as the residence of an engineer for the Eastern Extension Australasia and China Telegraph Company and is the only example of colonial bungalow style architecture in Darwin.

Today, the cottage stands as an important historical reminder for those with property in Darwin, as well as a special tourist attraction.

The works on the cottage are expected to cost $420,000 and will start next month. As part of the project, the roof shingles will be replaced and internal and external repairs and painting will be undertaken.

Funding will be coming from the Conservation Program for government-owned heritage assets, which has also funded other conservation projects around the Territory this financial year.

"The government is the single largest owner of heritage places and objects, it is essential that we lead by example and maintain them in a good condition," said Peter Chandler, minister for lands, planning and the environment.

"Heritage places and buildings are also significant to our tourism industry, and sites within the Darwin CBD are special as points of interest for visitors who may not travel around the Territory, like cruise ship passengers, who only have a day in the city."

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