Chi­na­town work to start

Broome Advertiser - - NEWS - Jakeb Waddell

Con­struc­tion is set to be­gin on a mul­ti­mil­lion-dol­lar project trans­form­ing the cen­tre of Broome this month af­ter an an­nounce­ment from Re­gional De­vel­op­ment Min­is­ter Alan­nah MacTier­nan.

Ma­jor streetscape up­grades to Carnar­von Street and Dampier Ter­race will be­gin in com­ing weeks as part of the next phase of the Chi­na­town Re­vi­tal­i­sa­tion Project.

Ms MacTier­nan vis­ited the CRP head­quar­ters in Broome on Fri­day to for­mally an­nounce the award­ing of the $6.9 mil­lion con­tract to Downer EDI Works to carry out con­struc­tion.

The ren­o­va­tion will in­clude im­proved shade and light­ing, al fresco meet­ing places, trees and green space plant­ing, with de­signs re­flect­ing the area’s his­tory and her­itage.

Ms MacTier­nan said the project would cre­ate a “vastly im­proved” pub­lic space for lo­cals and tourists.

“Broome’s Chi­na­town is a place wo­ven into the heart of the na­tion,” she said.

“This re­vi­tal­i­sa­tion project is aimed at pro­tect­ing . . . eco­nomic ben­e­fits that can flow to the lo­cal com­mu­nity. It is also one of the first projects in WA where the con­trac­tor has been re­quired to im­ple­ment a lo­cal par­tic­i­pa­tion plan to doc­u­ment the ex­tent of lo­cal busi­ness in­volve­ment in the project.”

Shire of Broome pres­i­dent Harold Tracey said the project proved the abil­ity for State and lo­cal gov­ern­ment to work to­gether to “suc­cess­fully de­sign, pro­cure and de­liver a project.” “This is the last step in a body of work that has taken more than two years to come to fruition,” he said.

“We are pleased to be at a stage where we can phys­i­cally start the de­liv­ery of the project and this is a ma­jor mile­stone for Broome.”

Mem­ber for Kim­ber­ley Josie Far­rer said it was an ex­cit­ing time for the town. “(The re­vi­tal­i­sa­tion) will bring the com­mu­nity back in and tourists will ap­pre­ci­ate this im­por­tant place of Broome,” she said.

The CRP is be­ing de­liv­ered in part­ner­ship by the State Gov­ern­ment and Shire of Broome, with $10 mil­lion of Roy­al­ties for Re­gions fund­ing, $2.8 mil­lion from the Shire and $700,000 from Tourism WA.

It in­cludes 10 sub-projects, all de­signed to re­in­force Chi­na­town as the “heart and soul” of the tourist town.

Broome’s Chi­na­town is a place wo­ven into the heart of the na­tion. Alan­nahMacTier­nan

Pic­ture: Jakeb Waddell

Re­gional De­vel­op­ment Min­is­ter Alan­nahMacTier­nan at the Chi­na­town Re­vit a lis a tion Project head­quar­ters in Broome.

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