A crowd watching the 2014 Chinese New Year celebrations in Chinatown with dragon and dancers
28 July 2014

Painting the town red

  • Chinatown

A thriving Chinatown is a feature of many great cities - and Perth will be no exception with $2 million being spent to revitalise the historic precinct.

The town has literally been painted red with the Roe Street gateway entry boasting painted roads, pillar entry statements, a landscaped terrace and public art.

An ‘urban loungeroom’ has been created within the temporary bus station with decked areas, seating and shade. ‘Lucky cloud’ motifs adorn the screen fence surrounding the decked area, which also includes an elevated oriental garden with Chinese tallows, Manchurian pear trees, bamboo and planters.

The large and small red circles painted on the road represent Chinese themes including full

Over the next 6-12 months, further improvements will be made in Chinatown including lighting and additional road painting and stenciling.

Sammy Yap, President of the Chung Wah Association, welcomed the upgrades and said that he hoped this was just the start of improvements for Chinatown.

“The upgrades are a good first step to help raise awareness of the location of Chinatown, attract people’s attention and visit the precinct.It also provides a clear indication to the strata owners and business operators of the State Government’s efforts in revitalising Chinatown,” he said.

“The strata owners and businesses should seize this great opportunity to do their part in improving their properties to help keep Chinatown attractive and interesting on an ongoing basis, as well as look at various initiatives to bring life back to the precinct during the day time.”

Improvements to the public areas and laneways will spur further revitalisation, with Chinatown businesses to benefit from the thousands of locals and visitors alike set to pass through the Roe Street precinct every day.

The Chung Way Association also received a $50,000 grant to help it expand the 2014 Chinese New Year celebrations into Chinatown and Nick’s Lane.

“We were able to expand the festival to take advantage of the upgrade works along Roe Street – it really helped bring the area to life, creating the perfect setting to promote Chinese culture and share the festive joy of Chinese New Year with the wider community,” said Sammy.

From multicultural performances and games, to food stalls, martial arts demonstrations and firecrackers – the people of Perth got to enjoy a traditional New Year celebration and welcome in the Year of the Horse in style.

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