COMMUNITY’S INPUT SOUGHT ON NEW PLAN TO TRANSFORM 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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