Chinatown Works Edging Closer to Completion
Construction full steam ahead on both Carnarvon Street and Dampier Terrace
Works being further accelerated to reduce impact on businesses
With less than a month to go until the Chinatown Discovery Festival, construction works in Chinatown are continuing full steam ahead, as the transformation becomes increasingly visible.
Key project milestones were reached in the past week, including Kimberley colourstone cobblestones being laid and shade structures installed on Carnarvon Street as temporary night works were undertaken to facilitate the works.
Meanwhile, work continued apace on Dampier Terrace with kerbing and exposed aggregate concrete footpaths being poured, and work on public art and interpretation projects including the Shopkeepers Sculpture, Pearling History Timeline and Chinatown Interpretive Trail almost completed and ready for installation.
Broome Shire President, Harold Tracey, said the Chinatown Revitalisation Project partners had approved additional funding to further accelerate construction works and limit the impact on the business community.
“If you haven’t been into Chinatown recently, come down and see the revitalisation as it unfolds, and most importantly support our local traders who have been exceptionally supportive and patient,” Cr Tracey said.
“We’re doing everything we can to accelerate the works and ensure we can get the roads open as quickly as possible.
“Considerable planning is also underway on the Chinatown Discovery Festival which is shaping up to be a huge celebration of art, culture and history, and with tickets selling fast for some of the events, make sure you have a look at the program now to plan your festival weekend.”
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About the Broome Chinatown Revitalisation Project
The $12.7 million Broome Chinatown Revitalisation Project is being delivered in partnership by the State Government and the Shire of Broome, with $10 million funding from Royalties for Regions, $2 million from the Shire of Broome, and $700,000 from Tourism WA.
The project includes 10 sub-projects all designed to reinforce Chinatown’s position as the ‘Heart and Soul’ of Broome – the historic, cultural and hospitality centre of our town.
These sub-projects included feasibility studies for larger, potentially transformational projects, as well as design and construction of significant street and landscape upgrades to Carnarvon Street and Dampier Terrace to make the precinct more attractive and encourage activity.
Implementation of the projects and oversight of the feasibility studies is being undertaken jointly by the Shire of Broome, Kimberley Development Commission and LandCorp. A Community and Stakeholder Reference Group has been established by the Shire and consultation with the wider community and key stakeholders will continue throughout the process.