City of Perth Deputy Mayor Rob Butler, Premier Colin Barnett and Chung Wah Association President Sammy Yap sign the Certificate of Commemoration
24 November 2013

Chinatown to return to its former glory with $2m investment

  • Chinatown

A new entry statement to Chinatown on Roe Street in Northbridge will include lanterns, new lighting, road stencilling and place activation in an effort to revitalise the historic area.

Unveiling first phase plans for the new look Chinatown, Premier Colin Barnett said the State Government had committed $2million to create a more vibrant precinct for families, locals and tourists.  

As part of the revitalisation, Chinese New Year celebrations will be expanded into Chinatown laneways in 2014 with a $50,000 State Government grant to the Chung Wah Association.  

"Chinatown is a popular location for people of all ages and an important business precinct in Northbridge that has been rundown for some time,” Mr Barnett said.

"This investment will transform the area to its former glory of the 1980s and ensure it remains an exciting and culturally important destination for years to come.

"The Perth City Link will create five new connections between the city and Northbridge which will see thousands of workers, visitors and tourists pass through the Roe Street precinct every day.

"This presents an opportunity for businesses in and around the area to reap the returns from the significant increase in foot traffic.” 

Planning Minister John Day said the Government would work with the City of Perth and landowners to deliver the project by the end of 2015. He said Perth had recently experienced a new trend in urban renewal that had seen many under-utilised spaces and laneways transformed into popular areas for entertainment.

"Both the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority (MRA) and the City of Perth have played an integral role in the success of these spaces and I look forward to what they will bring to the Chinatown revitalisation,” he said.

View the Chinatown Phase 1 Plan