The Southport precinct is receiving a cultural face lift with the $6 million Chinatown project well and truly underway. The project is set to create hundreds of jobs and increase local visitors and tourists to the area with a spectacular transformation being gradually introduced into the area.
The Gold Coast City Council have been carefully overseeing the project ensuring authenticity and community involvement. Located between Davenport and Young Streets, Chinatown will eventually have two gates installed with one representing Harmony and the other representing Harvest. Another structure will be made and donated from one of the Gold Coast’s China-based sister cities.
ChinaTown was initially proposed in 2011 by a concerned businessman who suggested the idea of revilatising the Southport CBD to prevent an alarming trend of businesses closing and job loss. Local businesses supported the idea and resulted in the establishment of the official Gold Coast Chinatown Association. The Gold Coast City Council backed the idea and work has been taking place for the past twelve months slowly transforming the Southport area into a new Gold Coast tourist hot spot.
With the completion date of Chinatown nearing, the addition of three new restaurants opening and the installation of hundreds of imported lanterns lining the streets this week has contributed in adding an authentic Chinese atmosphere to the area. Local businesses are embracing the transformation and boost to the local economy through employment and are currently planing the events and celebrations for the Chinese New Year next February.