Traders given a help­ing hand

Broome Advertiser - - Front Page - Jakeb Wad­dell

Cru­cial steps have been taken to keep foot traf­fic com­ing through the doors of traders af­fected by Chi­na­town road­works as the mul­ti­mil­lion-dol­lar trans­for­ma­tion of Broome’s CBD rolls on.

Streetscape up­grades be­gan on Carnar­von Street ear­lier this month, be­tween Napier Ter­race and Short Street, as part of the $13.5 mil­lion Chi­na­town Re­vi­tal­i­sa­tion Project.

Al­though the road has been closed to the pub­lic, shops and foot­paths re­main open but hid­den by the con­struc­tion site, prompt­ing the Shire of Broome to im­ple­ment ini­tia­tives to main­tain cus­tomer num­bers

A mag­net col­lec­tors puz­zle hunt was launched last week, and Hal­loween and Christ­mas ac­tiv­i­ties are planned near the site, while con­struc­tion tours, chil­dren’s ma­chin­ery dis­plays, sales events and dis­count vouch­ers have also been an­nounced.

The Shire has hosted mar­ket­ing work­shops to pre­pare busi­nesses for the re­vamp, in­tro­duced ex­tra timed park­ing, and im­ple­mented sug­ges­tions from traders.

Shire pres­i­dent Harold Tracey said as much was be­ing done “as phys­i­cally pos­si­ble” to make the road­works have as lit­tle neg­a­tive im­pact as pos­si­ble.

“This was the best time for con­struc­tion to take place, be­tween the tourist and wet sea­son,” he said.

“We have done a lot of work in the en­gage­ment process for the past 18 months and we en­cour­age peo­ple to see this in a pos­i­tive light.”

Broome Cham­ber of Com­merce and In­dus­try pres­i­dent Peter Tay­lor was pleased the works had started and com­mended the Shire for the “hard work it was do­ing to en­cour­age the com­mu­nity and vis­i­tors to con­tinue com­ing into Chi­na­town.”

Lo­cal re­tailer Jade McDon­ald, who man­ages cloth­ing store Shekki, said her team were “try­ing to stay pos­i­tive.”

“We un­der­stand this is for the bet­ter­ment of Chi­na­town, (but) it is very chal­leng­ing for us as we will un­doubt­edly face sub­stan­tial cus­tomer loss dur­ing this three-month pe­riod,” she said

Works are ex­pected to be com­pleted by De­cem­ber 22.

Pic­ture: Jakeb Wad­dell

Shekki Broome man­ager Jade McDon­ald, Shire of Broome in­fra­struc­ture direc­tor An­drew Graf­fen, Chi­na­town co-or­di­na­tor Talei How­ell-Price and Green Mango staff mem­ber Sara Happes.

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