New year, new look for area

Chung Wah Association president Sammy Yap [NAMES OK]
Chung Wah Association president Sammy Yap [NAMES OK]

The Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority (MRA) added road painting on Roe Street near the entrance to Chinatown, poles on both sides of the roads featuring temporary Chinese lanterns and a Chinese garden in time for Chinese New Year.

A median island has also been installed to encourage pedestrian to cross into the area from the temporary bus station.

Mr Yap said these improvements had already made a difference to the area.

‘A lot of people have said in the past that they have no idea where Chinatown is because there is nothing there to alert people. The stencilling on the road catches people’s attention,’ he said.

Mr Yap said work was now starting on planning for more upgrades, which would need cooperation and investment from restaurant owners.

‘Hopefully by next Chinese New Year there will be something substantial there,’ he said.

MRA chief executive Kieran Kinsella said the revitalisation works were part of the State Government’s $2 million investment in the area.

‘The full short term works program will be completed in the coming months with the installation of feature lighting,’ he said.

‘The MRA will continue to work with the City of Perth and private landowners to facilitate further improvements within Chinatown and Nick’s Lane.’

Mr Yap said it was important for improvements to start now before the Perth City Link project was completed.

He said he was encouraging restaurant owners to start opening during the day to invite more people to the area, particularly those catching public transport at the nearby temporary bus station.

‘Owners in Chinatown need to come to the party and do their bit to improve the area,’ he said.

‘Chinatown is a natural entry into Northbridge from the city.

‘When the city link is completed there will be 3000 people moving in so we need to plan ahead.

‘If they wait around, other people are going to take that opportunity.’