Con­struc­tion to be­gin

Broome Advertiser - - Front Page - Glenn Cord­ing­ley

A con­tract has been awarded to build a view­ing plat­form over­look­ing Roe­buck Bay and Dampier Creek as part of a plan to breathe new life into an un­der­used part of Chi­na­town.

Lo­cal firm Road­line Civil Con­trac­tors is ex­pected to start con­struct­ing the $706, 500 Roe­buck Bay Look­out at the cor­ner of Dampier Ter­race and Fred­er­ick Street once fi­nal her­itage ap­proval has been given.

It will be the first project de­liv­ered as part of the Chi­na­town re­vi­tal­i­sa­tion and will pro­vide res­i­dents and vis­i­tors with fully ac­ces­si­ble scenic views.

The aes­thet­ics are aimed at com­pli­ment­ing the award-win­ing Jetty to Jetty in­ter­pre­tive walk and to pro­vide an at­trac­tive way­point in the link be­tween Chi­na­town and Broome’s Town Beach.

Ac­knowl­edg­ing the Abo­rig­i­nal sig­nif­i­cance of the lo­ca­tion, de­sign­ers are work­ing with Yawuru tra­di­tional own­ers to de­velop art­work and cul­tural in­for­ma­tion about the link to Roe­buck Bay that will be in­cor­po­rated into the struc­ture.

Broome Shire pres­i­dent Harold Tracey said it was sat­is­fy­ing to see the Chi­na­town re­vi­tal­i­sa­tion move into the con­struc­tion stage in 2018.

“The Roe­buck Bay Look­out is an ex­cit­ing project that will not only cre­ate a new at­trac­tion to bring more peo­ple into Chi­na­town and keep them there longer, but will also in­ject more than $700,000 into the Broome econ­omy dur­ing con­struc­tion, with lo­cal firm Road­line and a range of lo­cal sub-con­trac­tors cho­sen to carry out the work,” Mr Tracey said.

“It also cre­ates new op­por­tu­ni­ties for lo­cal busi­ness and the com­mu­nity by help­ing to ac­ti­vate an un­der­utilised cor­ner of Chi­na­town that is home to re­tail, of­fice and res­i­den­tial prop­er­ties, with the Look­out’s lo­ca­tion build­ing on the progress made when Dampier Ter­race and Fred­er­ick Street were con­nected and new park­ing, street light­ing and foot­paths were in­stalled.”

Mr Tracey said the look­out was sched­uled to be the first con­struc­tion project to get started as its lo­ca­tion would min­imise dis­rup­tion in the cen­tre of town dur­ing Broome’s peak sea­son — a key pri­or­ity dur­ing the re­vi­tal­i­sa­tion work. He said con­struc­tion of the planned streetscape up­grades to Carnar­von Street and Dampier Ter­race would then fol­low later in 2018 and as the sea­son wound down.

Th­ese con­struc­tion projects are the last phase of the Chi­na­town re­vi­tal­i­sa­tion and its suite of sub­pro­jects.

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit chi­na­town­broome.com.au.

Pic­ture: Shire of Broome

An artist’s im­pres­sion of the Roe­buck Bay/Dampier Creek look­out.

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