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 the Adelaide lane-way and small street $14.6 million makeover linking the Riverbank to Gouger St.
- Chinatown Adelaide of SA Inc be included in the discussions about Australia’s first centre for food culture.
- Upgrading of the Moonta St paving, CCTV and WiFi.
- The installation of coloured Asian themed LED lighting, pagoda facades and red lanterns
- Placing the Chinatown Adelaide of SA Inc on an equal status with the other Precinct Groups: Gouger Street Traders Association, Grote Business Precinct, Market Quarter, King William Road Traders’ Association and the Adelaide West End Association Inc.
- The installation of large digital screens on the overhead bridges on Moonta St.
All over the world Chinatown’s are a recognised brand. food and wine cultural hotspot and a tourist destination. Asian business visitors, tourists and students spend considerable time and money in Adelaide’s CBD and contribute a sizeable economic and political influence. Chinatown Adelaide is the best place for South Australia to being its engagement with Asia.
Image by Richard Lyons