Multimillion-dollar redevelopments of Chinatown and Town Beach have cemented Broome’s standing as one of Australia’s premiere tourist destinations, Shire of Broome president Harold Tracey says, as the new precincts open to the public. The $6 million, 112m Town Beach Jetty and the $29.3m Chinatown revitalisation have been flagship projects in efforts to breathe new life into Broome. On Friday evening, hundreds of people made their way to Chinatown to see the grand opening, with Cr Tracey, Kimberley MLA Divina D’Anna, and Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan attending for the ribbon-cutting ceremony. In his address to the crowd, Cr Tracey said he was proud to head the local government team which brought the project to fruition. “It has been amazing seeing these projects come together,” he said. “I think the overwhelming majority of feedback from the community is that they love these projects, and I hope they’ll be loved for many years to come.” The evening was followed by the Saturday morning opening of the Town Beach Jetty, dubbed “croc jetty” by locals. The jetty features shade structures, fishing rod holders and crab measuring implements, and is destined to become a popu-lar fishing and boat-mooring facility. Recounting his childhood memories of Town Beach, Cr Tracey said he hoped the jetty would breathe new life into the area. “Like many of us here, when I was young my mum would see me at 7am on Saturday, then not again until 7pm Sunday, with most of that time being spent around Town Beach,” he said. “This has always been an area for locals, and I think with the jetty adding to the works already done, this will again be the hub for the community to come together.” Ms MacTiernan congratulated the Shire on what she said was “a stellar outcome for the Broome community”. “The Town Beach precinct is a great example of what can be achieved when local communities work in partnership with the State, delivering a fantastic facility for the people of Broome,” she said. “It is great to see strong results in local content on this project, as part of our commitment to delivering local jobs on local projects.” Stage two of the State and local government-funded Chinatown project has involved a complete remodelling of Napier Terrace, Short Street and the northern section of Carnarvon Street.