- $14.2 million Broome Chinatown Revitalisation project officially opened
- New and improved Chinatown to support local businesses and boost local tourism
Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan today officially opened Broome's Chinatown Revitalisation project, marking a major step forward for tourism and local businesses in the Kimberley region.
The McGowan Government invested $10.6 million in the project, with the Shire of Broome contributing $3.6 million.
The project has included major streetscape upgrades in Carnarvon Street and Dampier Terrace, as well as driving activation activities in Broome's historic Chinatown precinct.
Local content was a key focus of the project, delivering tangible outcomes for local Broome businesses.
Chinatown was one of the first projects in Western Australia where the contractor was required to implement a Local Participation Plan, as part of the McGowan Government's WA Industry Participation Strategy.
Eighteen Kimberley businesses were engaged as subcontractors on the project, with 94 per cent of the subcontractor spend awarded to regional businesses - and 24 per cent to Aboriginal businesses.
Comments attributed to Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan:
"Chinatown is the heart of Broome and, with the revitalisation project complete, now represents both the historical and the modern identity of Broome.
"These upgrades to the classic precinct will help Broome grow as a world-class tourist destination, securing jobs and economic opportunity.
"Our Government's commitment to local content has paid off on this project, with the vast majority of work completed by local subcontractors - a real boost to the Broome economy.
"Congratulations to all of the project partners on this momentous achievement, and we are confident Chinatown will continue to grow and thrive."
Minister's office - 6552 6200