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 our diverse multicultural society.
South Australia welcomes 38,000 Chinese tourists each year, pumping $240 million into our visitor economy.
China is also our biggest market for international students, providing our biggest service export by contributing more than $1 billion to the state economy every year.
The State Liberals’ Plan
Everyone visiting Chinatown and the Central Market will benefit from protecting this vibrant strip from the weather.
It’s important that we continue to recognise the Chinese community’s significant contribution to South Australia and support for redeveloping Chinatown does just that.
The Chinatown precinct represents a little slice of home for our thousands of Chinese tourists and students and ensuring the area provides a great visitor experience will make them feel even more welcome.