Works to complete the multimillion-dollar redevelopment of Broome’s Chinatown precinct are set to begin in a matter of days. The $15.5 million second stage of the revamp will include 10 sub-projects, including streetscape, lighting and shade upgrades to Short Street and Napier Terrace, as well as a dedicated transit area, increased facilities at Broome Visitor Centre and the activation of the Streeter’s Jetty attraction. It comes just over one year since the $14.2 million first stage of the State Government funded Chinatown Revitalisation was completed, which included improvements to Carnarvon Street and Dampier Terrace and a new tourist lookout over Roebuck Bay. The Shire of Broome said in a statement that works were due to begin this week and would be completed throughout three stages over the wet season, in time for the peak visitor period next year. An estimated construction schedule shows the first part of stage two, which includes roadworks along the two busy streets, will be completed by next month. The contract for the major project was awarded to Perth-based Georgiou Group recently, with 70 per cent of activities expected to be carried out by local businesses and workers. Shire president Harold Tracey said the Shire was working with retailers to ensure minimal impact. “We also recognise Chinatown traders need to continue operating their businesses with as little disruption as possible throughout the construction period and we are already working very hard with the contractor to ensure this remains front of mind from the start of the works,” he said.