Chinatown revitalisation approval granted

Glenn CordingleyBroome Advertiser
An artist's impression of the Chinatown entry statement in Broome.
Camera IconAn artist's impression of the Chinatown entry statement in Broome. Credit: Broome Advertiser

The first stage of the long-awaited Chinatown revitalisation project has been approved and is scheduled for completion by May.

The Shire of Broome has revised its original concept and will construct three shade structures worth $20,000 each in the centre of Carnarvon Street instead of the four originally proposed - two in Carnarvon Street and two in Dampier Terrace. The $20,000 saved will go towards the purchase of 19 semi-mature salt-resistant trees that will be planted 12 metres apart along the edge of Carnarvon Street.

Small gardens will be planted at the base of each tree and some will be accompanied by upward shining lights.

All trees would have individual lighting in the future.

In addition, the council will request the State Government release some of the $10 million it pledged in the last budget for town improvements to fund an entry statement on the Napier Terrace and Carnarvon Street roundabout representing the Torii gates, a traditional Japanese structure commonly used at the entry to Shinto shrines.

It has been estimated to cost about $48,000.

To highlight the significance of culture, tourism and heritage in the area, the council approved $33,000 for Chinese-style landscaping on the roundabout that will include work representing a dry creek bed in mountainous China.

Premier Colin Barnett committed $210,000 to provide shade structures in Chinatown after a pre-election visit to Broome in January 2013.

The estimated cost for the project is now $230,000, which includes $30,000 paid for the shade structure design and streetscape plan.

Shire president Graeme Campbell said the first phase of the roll-out follows consultation with stakeholders and the community in the redesign of the shade structures.

"This is the first important step in the revitalisation of Chinatown," he said. "It was felt that if efforts were initially focused on Carnarvon Street, it would give a greater impact rather than having isolated structures and trees throughout Chinatown."

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