WATCH: Chinatown Adelaide traders and visitors say one of Adelaide’s most popular destinations is showing the signs of years of neglect.
If elected in March 2018, a Marshall Liberal Government will support the major redevelopment of Chinatown by providing $500,000 for a permanent cover for Moonta Street. The Opportunity Adelaide’s Chinatown has been an important feature of the city since the 1970s, following an inﬂux of Asian migrants and the growth of Asian food shops and cafes in the area. It is now centred on Moonta Street, which features pagoda style roofs, red lanterns, restaurants and grocery stores. This Chinatown plaza is being redeveloped and the adjacent Adelaide Central Market is positioned for a major upgrade after it returns to the control of the Adelaide City Council in 2018. The plans for Chinatown and the complimentary upgrade of the Central Market offer a great opportunity to cement South Australia’s tourism, trade and cultural ties with China. South Australia’s Chinese community is 50,000 people strong and is a very important part of
Chinatown’s main thoroughfare, labelled “almost embarrassing” by prominent Adelaide businesswoman Irena Zhang last year, is in line for a significant revamp as part of a wider ‘Chinatown Reinvigoration’ plan. The planned revamp is crucial for “the Chinese community in Adelaide, the growth in Chinese tourism and more tourism between China and Australia,” Lord Mayor Martin Haese said. “Let’s set it up for the next 20 or 30 years.” 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 ‘quick win’ scenario. If accepted by council, preparation of the reinvigoration plan is expected to be completed during 2017/18 with the overhaul completed by late
The Hon. David Ridgway MLC, Leader of the Opposition in the Legislative Council, Shadow Minister for Tourism, Primary Industries, Food & Wine tweets that “The State Liberals have committed $500k to developing Chinatown Mall to benefit tourists and local businesses if elected in March 2018.”
One of Australia’s leading advertising photographers Richard Lyons has called on Adelaide’s creatives including commercial property mogul and art gallery owner Irena Zhang, chief swashbuckler at Swashbucklers Club & the author of the Swashbuckler Guides series, Sputnik Sputnik, Asian tourism adviser and director Conan Fahey from the Australia China Development Company, urban designer and founder of EcoCaddy, Daniels Langeberg to listen and discuss how to assist the local traders and community leaders with their ideas and strategy for the re-invigoration of the Chinatown Precinct. Discussions were had with members from business and multicultural community including the Chinatown Adelaide of SA Inc, the Hong Kong Australia Business Association South Australia Chapter, the Australia China Hebei Association Inc, the Australian Asian Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc, the South Australia Xinjiang Association and the China Business Network of South Australia. What been highlighted to the State Government and Adelaide City Council: Moonta St to be included in
Iconic SA Photographer Richard Lyons has recently asked the question. Should Chinatown Adelaide be improved? “Toward the end of last year I kicked up a fuss about the state of Chinatown. So I spoke to my partner in crime, Adelaide expat Carl Van Wijk in Tokyo… with his advice I invested some time and photographed the entrance so we could create a vision of what he and I thought it could look like potentially. If you say something negative you need to back it up with a positive right? So here it is. Just a mock up, get people talking perhaps? A few more lanterns, some visual imagery ( happy to provide) a big kick arse video screen in the middle rotating images of S.A, paint the town red and throw in a rickshaw or two. Let me know what you think?” 7 December 2016 Yesterday I expressed my thoughts
“Irena Zhang says that Chinatown Adelaide’s Moonta Street thoroughfare has been left behind as Adelaide City Councillor Houssam Abiad leads a push for the destination to reap similar benefits and upgrades to Rundle Mall and the East End. After successfully passing a motion at the last council meeting of the year that a report into repairing and beautifying the precinct be prepared, Mr Abiad said it had been a long time coming. Ms Zhang said the $2 million revamp of a food hall off Moonta St should act as a catalyst for the regeneration of the entire surrounding precinct. “We all know that Chinatown is an attraction and it is almost embarrassing to look at it now. A lot of it is in bad condition, particularly along Moonta St,” she said. Chinatown Adelaide of South Australia (CASA) vice president George Chin said the area was one of the city’s busiest and
Over 100 guests attended the launch party and Penfolds wine tasting including VIP guest Peter Hanscomb, CEO of Belle Property Australasia and former Labor Senator the Hon Nick Bolkus. In September, Inspire Real Estate joined the Belle Property network and is the first office with dual franchises – Belle Property and Belle Property International. Belle Property Adelaide City is a specialist residential real estate company that focuses on resale and management of homes and apartments. Belle Property International is a world-class concierge partner that represents both property developers and investors across Asia and Australia. Led by Principal, Calvin Lai, a well-respected local area expert who has been selling property in Adelaide for over six years, the multicultural team are set to deliver a personalised and unique approach to large scale projects and residential real estate.
Lunar New Year 2016 is less than a month away! This special cultural holiday is celebrated in Adelaide’s Chinatown as close as possible to the date of Chinese New Year. The year of the Monkey begins on Monday 8th February with 2016 Chinatown celebrations held on Saturday 13th February. There is so much to see and do, we’ll try to cover this year’s festivities in detail so you can plan your day. OFFICIAL PROGRAM GUIDE – PROGRAM, UPDATES & ANNOUNCEMENTS The event grows in size every year due the hard work of many dedicated volunteers. Chinatown Adelaide of SA Inc. (CASA) is the organiser of the event. The committee members are volunteers who work with cultural organisations to bring joy, happiness and prosperity to Adelaide every year. Since 2013 the event has spilled out of its traditional home in Moonta Street to also include Gouger Street. Prosperity Dinner A special mention
TV Presenter Li Junjie from China’s Qingdao TV enjoyed a lobster with friends in Chinatown! Li Junjie will host the episodes of Channel 9 South Aussie with Cosi show in Mandarin for the China market.