Channel 7’s Tim Noonan reporting live at the official opening of the Chinatown Plaza launch. Opened by the Governor of SA His Excellency The Honourable Hieu Van Le AC and the Minister for Trade Tourism & Investment Hon David Ridgway.
Businesses affected by the devastating Chinatown fire will be helped by a community fundraising event on Tuesday. All money raised at the 2018 Chinatown Fire Benefit will be used to assist business owners and staff who have been left out of pocket after a blaze ripped through a Chinatown building on the corner of Grote and Moonta streets in the city about 1am last Tuesday. The fire, believed to have been sparked by an electrical fault in a fridge, caused $1.5 million damage and destroyed Asian supermarket Oriental Mart and Bing restaurant. It also damaged other shops, including Dumpling King, Sys Souvenirs, Holiday Travel and Grote St Dental. Some of the businesses are expected to remain shut for up to nine months as owners rebuild. The benefit, organised by not-for-profit organisation Chinatown Adelaide South Australia, will be a cocktail event, including drinks and food, in the Chinatown Plaza Food Court,
Adelaide police now say they don’t believe a fire that affected up to a dozen Chinatown businesses was deliberately lit, after earlier describing it as “suspicious”. The Metropolitan Fire Service said firefighters arrived in Grote Street shortly after 1:00 am to find “an intense fire” in a shop that was burning through the roof and rapidly spreading to neighbouring shops. More than 70 firefighters then worked to put the fire out and they contained it within an hour. The MFS said the fire’s “rapid spread” meant that three shops were “significantly impacted”, with two — a supermarket and a restaurant — being gutted and a third that sold shoes and clothing being heavily fire-damaged. “There was a pretty bright orange glow coming from the top [of the building complex],” the MFS’s David Juniper said. “Very heavily smoke-logged internally. So it was very hard to determine where the origin of the
Chinatown Plaza is now open!
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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 Adelaideâ€™s Chinatown has been an important feature of the city since the 1970s, following an inï¬‚ux 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 Australiaâ€™s tourism, trade and cultural ties with China. South Australiaâ€™s Chinese community is 50,000 people strong and is a very important part of
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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
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.”