Big plans for Broome’s Chinatown

Article image - Big plans for Broome’s Chinatown Broome’s famous ‘Shinju Matsuri — Festival of the Pearl’ is held every year during the dry season, celebrating Broome’s rich Chinese heritage. The Broome community is being asked for its input into an extensive new strategy aimed at reinforcing Chinatown’s role as the historic and commercial heart of the town.

Broome Shire President Graeme Campbell said the Shire was committed to retaining and developing Chinatown’s pre-eminent position in the life of the town.

“The draft Chinatown Development Strategy includes a concept plan with 30 different elements, and we’re seeking the Broome community’s feedback to determine which, if not all, of these elements they would like to see put into action,” Councillor Campbell said.

“Proposed developments include a foreshore boardwalk and viewing platforms, an interpretive nature walk through the mangroves, night markets and rebuilding the old tramway to Town Beach.

“Existing features of Chinatown, such as Streeter’s Jetty, the old pearling sheds, Morgan’s Camp and Male Oval would be retained and enhanced to maximise their potential. New roads could link Dampier Terrace to Frederick Street, Gray Street to Short Street and Broome Highway, and Teh Way could be extended.

“Developing and enhancing the tourism, commercial and residential potential of Chinatown is a major focus.”

The strategy also included a set of design guidelines to ensure future development retained the character and heritage of Chinatown.

“This strategy is the result of extensive consultation with stakeholders, including traders, property owners, Yawuru Native Title Holders, tourism and business organisations and the WA Heritage Council, coupled with the input of expert consultants,” said Cr Campbell.

“Now that council has endorsed this strategy an extensive round of community engagement will begin, including interactive displays at prominent locations around town and a range of avenues for the public to make their views known to the Shire.”