Time to Paint the Town Red

Broome is invited to ‘Paint the Town Red’ again on Friday 13 October as Chinatown comes alive with late night trading and entertainment until 8pm.

Following successful events on Friday 25 August and 15 September, the trial of late night trading will continue as part of the Chinatown Revitalisation Project.

For the 15 September trial about 40 businesses stayed open late, with many of the restaurants and cafes putting on special menus for the occasion, and five food vans brought in to boost the vibe on the streets.

Featured entertainment included fairy floss, face painting and balloons for kids in Little Johnny Chi Lane, and live musicians performing around Chinatown including George from The Mexicans, Jamie Jacket, Satya Lerner, Eloy Cardenas, Wil Thomas, Nik Eastwood and a Broome Academy of Music ‘flash mob’.

Chinatown Revitalisation HQ hosted art workshops with Hive Handmade Collective and a photography exhibition by Broome’s Michael Torres.

Sun Pictures’ Movie Madness event featured two movies and discounts around Chinatown for those attending, while the Town Bus service operated to Cable Beach and Town Beach at 7:30pm and 8pm.

Similar activities are now being planned for the next event on Friday 13 October, and with community consultation on the Chinatown Revitalisation Project Master Plan underway on Monday 9 October, Chinatown Revitalisation HQ will be open late with information and staff on hand to answer any questions.

The purpose of the trial is to test the concept of late night shopping in Broome and to create a monthly event in Chinatown during the 2017 tourist shoulder season.

The trial also allows data to be gathered on what does and does not work to help with planning for the 2018 season, and to allow businesses and the community to accustom themselves to alternative forms of trading in Chinatown.



The Broome community is being asked to provide feedback on an exciting draft Master Plan to transform Carnarvon St and Dampier Tce as part of the Chinatown Revitalisation Project, with public consultation to start on the9th of October 2017.

The draft Master Plan was developed following extensive consultation with Chinatown traders, landowners and other key stakeholders, and the community is now encouraged to provide feedback during the 21-day consultation period.  

The draft Master Plan aims to re-establish Chinatown as the ‘heart and soul’ of Broome with proposed improvements to draw the community and visitors to the precinct and stimulate economic activity. These proposed improvements include:

·         A major renovation of Carnarvon St that will provide expansive, shaded, engaging pedestrian areas and event spaces, with less bitumen and wider footpaths resulting in amended parking and improved cross-street access. The upgrades will improve amenities such as signage, lighting, street furniture and public art, and WiFi will be available across Chinatown.

·         Upgrades to Dampier Tce including widening footpaths to create space for alfresco dining.  Much-needed shade would be provided by additional tree planting and structures to create a welcoming space for pedestrians.

·         A new Tourist Rest Facility on the eastern edge of Male Oval on Carnarvon St.  This would include replacing current toilet facilities, adding shade structures, street furniture, bus parking, power and lighting and a significant landscape upgrade acting as an arrival point for visitors.


Acting Broome Shire President, Harold Tracey, said he encouraged as many residents and business owners as possible to take an interest in the draft Master Plan and to provide feedback during the public comment period.

“The draft Chinatown Revitalisation Master Plan represents an invaluable opportunity to transform the ‘heart and soul’ of our town,” Cr Tracey said.

“The designs are created to celebrate the history of Broome while taking the town centre into the future with greater liveability  that will draw in locals and offer a richer experience for tourists, providing a much-needed boost for our local economy.

“It is important for the success of this project that the community gets involved and we encourage everyone who lives in Broome to understand how important this project is, to view the Master Plan and to let us know what they think.”

Community members can find out more about the draft Master Plan at information sessions on the 11th of October at 6pm and 12th of October at 7am at the Shire of Broome. 

The draft Master Plan can also be viewed at the Chinatown Revitalisation HQ on the corner of Short and Carnarvon St, Monday to Saturday from 10am to 2pm as well as information stands at the Broome Boulevard shopping centre on the 14th of October and the Courthouse Markets on the 21st of October.

All Broome residents are encouraged to submit their feedback in person or online at www.chinatownbroome.com.au.


Consultation sessions to include

·         From Monday the 9th of October - Chinatown Revitalisation HQ open Monday to Saturday 10am-2pm for face-to-face briefing

·         From Monday the9th of October – Shire of Broome office, Monday to Friday 8am to 4pm

·         Wednesday 11th October 2017 - Community information session at the Shire function room from 6-7pm

·         Thursday 12th October 2017 - Community information session at the Shire function room from 7-8am

·         Friday 13th October 2017 – Chinatown Revitalisation Project HQ will be open as part of late night trading trial

·         Saturday 14th October 2017 - Manned display stand at the Boulevard Shopping centre from 8am-12pm

·         Saturday 21st October 2017 - Manned display stand at the Courthouse Markets from 8am-12pm

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Revitalisation gives Corrugated Lines HQ in Chinatown; supports Kimberley Bookshop Biggest Book Club morning tea

Corrugated Lines: A Festival of Words – Broome’s Annual Writers and Readers Festival held a number of events in partnership with the Chinatown Revitalisation Project over the weekend of 11-13 August 2017.
The Revitalisation Project committed funding to print an event guide that was pivotal to the festival’s success.
Perhaps the most obvious presence of the festival was the transformation of the Chinatown Revitalisation HQ to the Corrugated Lines Festival Hub. From Friday to Sunday visitors flowed in and out of the space, reading about the authors and events, collecting programs, chatting to festival coordinators and volunteers, and playing giant scrabble!

Local artist Vanessa Margetts created a stunning installation artwork 'A Room Full of Words' which immersed the viewer in words from formative literature. Drama teacher Rani Middleton opened the space up to children for an interactive story telling event on Sunday.
The Kimberley Bookshop also hosted two successful festival events. A group of locals and holiday makers came together to take part in “Broome's Biggest Bookclub”. They shared coffee, cake and an in-depth discussion about the novel 'Story Land' by Catherine McKinnon.
Lastly, it was standing room only as over 40 guests crowded in to Kimberley Bookshop to listen to author Sarah Drummond in conversation. The audience was captive as Sarah discussed her debut novel 'The Sound', based on the true story of Aboriginal women and lawless sealing crews who sailed from Van Dieman's Land to King George Sound in the 1820s. Many guests commented on the similarities to the pearling history in Broome.
Kimberley Bookshop owner Marie Gamble, local host Mohini Dohnt. author Sarah Drummond and guests were wrapped with the events.


The Chinatown Revitalisation is pleased to announce the first four successful projects in its recent grant funding round for activation initiatives and laneway enhancements.

Adding up to a total of $35,080, the projects include:

1.     Shinju Pearl Harvest Party.  A new Shinju Matsuri festival event will come to Chinatown this year thanks to support from the Revitalisation.  The Pearl Harvest Party will be held on Dampier Terrace Sunday 3rd September from 4pm to celebrate the strong connection of the pearling industry with Chinatown.  The Party will feature many activities including live pearl harvesting, jewellery making, talks and demonstrations.  Through this event the Revitalisation hopes to inspire more such celebrations to be held in Chinatown led by community support.

2.     Nyamba Buru Yawuru Jetty to Jetty Activation events.  Trialled during the 2016 Shinju Matsuri Festival, the Revitalisation is pleased to support the return of the Walking Jetty to Jetty Stories of Broome which projects images of old Broome, music and audio from the Jetty to Jetty app at three sites around Chinatown – Streeter’s Jetty (Sun 3 Sept), Kennedy Hill (Tues 5 Sept), and the Goods Shed on Dampier Tce (Sat 9 Sept).   The Revitalisatoin looks forward to building on the success of last year’s event by making it more Chinatown focused, adding live tour guides by Cultural Elders and event performers.

3.     Betty’s Frock Shop Redevelopment.  With the support of the Revitalisation, the storefront of Betty’s Frock Shop will be transformed into a traditional Asiatic scene and renamed to ‘Betty Fong Sam’, a reference to Ms Fong’s great grandmother who as a Chinese migrant relocated to Broome in the 19th century.  Through this project the Revitalisation looks forward to enhancing the streetscape of Chinatown and celebrating the Asiatic history of Broome.

4.     Corrugated Lines: A festival of words.  Held in Broome August 11 to 13, the Revitalisation Project granted use of its HQ as the festival hub, showcasing author biographies and art installations.  To further connect the festival with Chinatown, the Revitalisation sponsored the Biggest Book Club morning tea events at Kimberley Bookshop on Napier Tce.

Acting Broome Shire President, Harold Tracey, said the Chinatown Revitalisation Project was pleased to be able to support the community through the Revitalisation Grants Scheme, and congratulated everyone who applied for taking initiative. 

“These projects are just the start of a whole myriad of events that will inject lifeinto our town centre with its rich history and opportunities,” Cr Tracey said.

“We look forward to announcing more grant recipients in the near future, and encourage everyone who has an idea to come forward and visit Jeremy Macmath, the Chinatown Investment and Development Coordinator, in the Chinatown HQ at the corner of Carnarvon and Short St.”

Announced in May, the Chinatown Revitalisation Grants Scheme will make available more than $400,000 in funding for initiatives that will boost the town centre through business and community-led projects. The first round of funding opened in April 2017 with $207,500 available for projects which aim to activate and enhance Chinatown’s public and private spaces.  A further $202,500 will be available in a second round to open in 2018, bringing the total grant funding pool to $410,000.

All community members who are permanent residents of Broome are invited to share their ideas with Mr Macmath to gauge their viability and to access funding information.

Paint the town red! Chinatown late night trading trial starts Fri 25 Aug

Late night trading is coming to Chinatown for one Friday each month until the end of the year as part of a trial supported by Chinatown traders.  
The trial will start on Friday 25 August and then continue monthly, finishing on 8 December 2017. There is scope to extend and expand into 2018 if enough interest is shown from traders and the community.
So far almost 30 Chinatown retailers across a wide range of categories have put their hands up to keep their doors open until at least 8:00pm.   
The Chinatown Revitalisation Project will support these participating businesses with promotions and event materials, as well as coordinate activities to increase the vibrancy in town including street performers, live music and lighting displays to create ‘hubs of activity’ around participating businesses.
Chinatown Investment and Development Coordinator, Jeremy Macmath, said that late night trading was a successful tool for helping revitalise town centres.
“It will create a vibrant night event in Chinatown that aims to bring tourists and locals back into town during the cooler evening and into the shoulder season, as well as improving business relationships and confidence amongst traders,” he said.
Local Business owner and Chinatown Reference Group member, Julie Russel, is a supporter of the late-night trading trial and urges the community to get behind it.
Business owner and Chinatown Reference Group member, Julie Russell, is supporting the late night trading trial and urged the community to get behind it.
“Late night shopping is something we hope the Broome community can get behind, as it’s a great way to support local business, see the town buzzing at night and perhaps pick up a treat for someone special!” she said.
An enthusiastic group of Chinatown traders attended a workshop on the late-night trading trial hosted by Mr Macmath in July.
The workshop outlined the components required for successful late night trading, gave case studies where late night trading had played a role in revitalising a town centre, and discussed the benefits, barriers and solutions to late night trading in Chinatown, and what days and frequencies would suit.
For more information please contact Mr Macmath on 0417 490 027 or jeremy.macmath@broome.wa.gov.au

Participating outlets:

Ahoy Buccaneers
Allure Pearls
Anastasia's Jewellery
Azure Beachwear
Betta Electrical & Living
Bob’s Shoe Stores
Broome Gallery
Broome Maker’s Gallery
Camdon’s Jewellery
Chinatown Revitalisation Project HQ
Entertainment Konnections
Galwey Pearls
Monsoonal Blues
Nowhere Else But Here
On The Lane
Pearls & Boheme
Yane Gallery
Food and Beverage

Ginreab Thai
Green Mango Café
Kitchen Cabana
Land of the Pharaohs
Lock Up Café
Runway Bar
Shady Lane Café
Sun Pictures Café

Meet Jeremy - Chinatown Investment & Development Coordinator

Q1:          How are you connected to Chinatown? (tell us your story)

My first visit to Chinatown was over a decade ago on holidays, where I walked Chinatown on a balmy Easter long weekend. Since moving to Broome in 2013, I worked in a small design studio on Dampier Terrace. From here I watched the daily pulse of people on the boardwalk buying pearls, asking for directions and wanting to know ‘where is Chinatown’. Since starting as Chinatown Investment and Development Coordinator in November 2016, I now have a tangible opportunity to work with Chinatown owners and traders to make Chinatown a more vibrant and attractive place to visit.


Q2:          What is your favourite thing about Chinatown, and why?

I love walking Carnarvon St on a dry season morning to grab a coffee and seeing the crowds of tourists and locals around - it’s great to see so much energy in this once-thriving hub.


Q3:          If you had $20 to spend in Chinatown, what would you spend it on?

On a Saturday, I’d buy a coffee and almond croissant from Good Cartel’s Box Office at Sun Pictures and take the remainder over to Yuen Wing Store to buy some treats.


Q4:          Your recommendation for a good Chinatown experience?

Experiencing a movie at Sun Pictures is one of the most unique experiences to have in Chinatown. Whatever the movie, watching (and hearing) bats and planes fly past overhead mid scene is incredible.  


Q5:          Are you promoting anything special right now that everyone should know?

The Chinatown Revitalisation Project is working away on a handful of initiatives to kick start the action in Chinatown. ‘Music Mornings’ will bring performers into the streets on Sunday mornings, ‘Late Night Trading’ will occur monthly on Fridays with the Reivtalisation Project assisting with delivery support. Lastly ‘Park(ing) Day’ will be a day long event on the streets of Chinatown that reclaims car bays as public space and helps promote what more public space can do for a town centre. As always, the Project HQ will be open 10-2 weekdays with several exhibitions and installations taking place throughout August and September that will also assist in creating some activity on the weekends. 

Chinatown introduces music mornings

Local and visiting performers will swoon shoppers and café goers through their Sunday mornings in Chinatown from this Sunday (13 Aug), playing tunes at various locations between 10:00 – 12:00 as part of the Music Mornings initiative.

Music Mornings will take place for the next four Sundays and aims create a sense of atmosphere and ambience for tourists and locals in Chinatown.  

This Sunday Morning (13 Aug) will host the following music morning events:

  • Dragonfly Café: James Ross
  • Shady lane Café: Satya and Byron Lerner
  • Green Mango Café: Steve Angoorly
  • Runway Bar: Maddi Davies and Bindi Ford

For a century, music and Chinatown have long had an affiliation and the Revitalisation project is exploring ways to introduce regular live performers into the town centre.  It's hoped that the community will demonstrate their support by attending the Music Mornings and encouraging more live music performances in the town's public and private spaces.

Offer your feedback here!

Calling all activators.... Chinatown HQ wants YOU!

The Revitalisaiton is calling out for all activators looking for a demonstration space to take residence in the Chinatown Revitalisation HQ.

Activators could incorporate anyone from a micro retail business owner, artisan for public studio space, community organisation showcasing an event or someone simply seeking some gallery and exhibition space.  

Located on the corner of Carnarvon and Short streets, the HQ is a community space available for daily or weekly hire to practice, sell, congregate, or exhibit with maximum exposure in Chinatown.

Interested parties should enquire at the HQ or contact Jeremy at jeremy.macmath@broome.wa.gov.au or call 0417 490 027.


The Chinatown Revitalisation Headquarters (HQ) is now open for the public to interact with the project, seek information and discuss plans with project representatives.

Broome Shire President, Ron Johnston, said the HQ was located on the corner of Short and Carnarvon Streets at Paspaley Plaza and would also be used as a demonstration and display area for local artisans and businesses wishing to showcase their products and services in a dynamic space.  This could incorporate anything from micro retailers, events or gallery and studio space. 

The project HQ will initially be open Tuesday to Friday from 10am to 2pm.

 “Through the HQ we are pleased to be able to put a ‘face to the project’ and encourage the general public to take a broader interest in the plans to revitalise Chinatown,” Cr Johnston said.

“Having a headquarters for the Revitalisation project will encourage broader interest in the project through a physical go-to location, and we look forward to seeing the demonstrations of community activity through offering it as a dynamic space with local businesses and artisans.”

‘Activators’ interested in using the Revitalisation HQ should keep watch for expressions of interest as advertised or drop in to talk about the initiative with a team member.

The HQ was officially opened last week with a preview event for Chinatown traders and landowners, following the second wave of workshops with the key design team bringing the concepts for refurbishments of Carnarvon Street and Dampier Terrace closer to reality.

Please contact Jeremy Macmath at jeremy.macmath@broome.wa.gov.au or (08) 9191 3456 for more information.