Chinatown has been the multicultural heart and soul of Broome since the pearling crews set up their first camps and corrugated tin sheds in the 1880s. Today Broome has developed into an iconic Western Australian tourism town and Chinatown is its heart and soul. A boutique retail hub and a site of historical significance, it is a unique and special place worth visiting!
The Broome Chinatown Revitalisation Project is bringing to life the long-held aspirations of the Broome community to preserve the town's rich history, celebrate its local culture and reinvigorate economic and development opportunities.
The Chinatown Revitalisation project was funded in partnership by the Shire of Broome, the WA State Government and Tourism WA, and comprised 10 sub-projects.
These included aesthetic improvements throughout the precinct, feasibility studies, events and grant funding to encourage the community to think differently about Broome's Chinatown area.
To ensure the upgrades are utilised to capacity a ‘Chinatown Placemaking Plan’ was developed with input from the community. One of the recommendations was that a Town Team was formed to lead the activation and promotion of Chinatown. The Shire of Broome has committed funding for the next financial year to ensure this happens.