Chinatownâ€™s main thoroughfare, labelled â€œalmost embarrassingâ€ by prominent Adelaide businesswoman Irena Zhang last year, is in line for a significant revamp as part of a wider â€˜Chinatown Reinvigorationâ€™ plan.
The planned revamp is crucial for â€œthe Chinese community in Adelaide, the growth in Chinese tourism and more tourism between China and Australia,â€ Lord Mayor Martin Haese said. â€œLetâ€™s set it up for the next 20 or 30 years.â€
The proposal includes $30,000 funding for the plan preparation and engagement, $50,000 for district activation (including event activity) plus $20,000 to support improvements to shopfronts. Funds will be offered on a 50/50 basis with building owners as an incentive for early engagement so that upgrades to private buildings can be considered as public realm improvements, generating a â€˜quick winâ€™ scenario.
If accepted by council, preparation of the reinvigoration plan is expected to be completed during 2017/18 with the overhaul completed by late 2019.
A $2 million revamp of Ms Zhangâ€™s food hall off Moonta St in Chinatown began last August and has contributed to a downturn in visitor numbers while the works are carried out. A range of stakeholders are expected to help with the reinvigoration.
Richard Evans, 28th March 2017,
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