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Coast Chinatown design gets feng shui tick

http://www.goldcoast.com.au/article/2012/05/30/419931_gold-coast-news.html

A FENG shui master has given the proposed Southport Chinatown precinct the tick after a spiritual visit two weeks ago.

Sydney's John Wong was brought in to inspect the Gold Coast Chinatown area on Davenport and Young streets to ensure the precinct had appropriate feng shui.

Feng shui involves the placement of space and objects to achieve harmony within an environment.

Gold Coast Chinatown Association adviser Brett Saville said Mr Wong had "seemed quite positive about it all".

"He had no issues with the location but he gave us some indication of where the paifang (welcome gates) should go," Mr Saville said.

"He said they needed to be in certain locations and those locations are available."

Chinatown Association chairman John Howe said the architects would be getting back to him with a plan that fitted in to the feng shui suggestions.

"We're about two weeks away from the masterplan being drawn up," he said.

Mr Howe said the Chinatown would be part of an internationally flavoured precinct in Southport.

"I think it's all positive and I don't think there's negativity towards it ... as long as we build it into an overall plan for an international precinct," he said.

"We've got to take it through two new governments and unless council is behind us it's all a waste of time."

Gold Coast mayor Tom Tate said he would throw his full support behind the Chinatown proposal and confirmed that public consultation would be part of his cornerstone.

"I am anxious to see what the masterplan proposal has," Cr Tate said.

"The tourism market from China is a growth market so this will send out a signal to them. The China blend should be the major influence but we want to add an international flavour as well."
 

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Why is it the last thing the Gold Coast needs? Southport has a large concentration of Chinese/Japanese and Korean immigrants, and the precinct I imagine to be a success. I'd love to see it established.

Similar to your view on Jewel - I don't think you'll have much backing here :)
 

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Yes, it is similar. However, I don't oppose Jewel for the same reasons. I don't know why Australian people are in such a hurry to throw away their cultural identity. The Chinese/Korean/Japanese people do not pander to every whim of foreigners, they are very nationalistic.

If you don't believe me then go and live in one those countries for a few years ( I have ) Chinatown is NOT Australian, and it will become another enclave.

Well, I guess I will be called a "racist" now, it is typical.

The Gold Coast Council and Tom Tate should be ashamed of themselves!
As Nath said, the modern Australian cultural identity is an amalgamation of cultures. I certainly don't think the proposed Chinatown is a case of throwing away any such cultural identity - not that the area can claim much in the way of culture (unless lad and reckless youth culture count) in which case, a cultural cleanse sounds appealing.

Cannot wait to see Butterbeats go, along with the stupid Kiwi shop and 6x Thai massage joints!
 

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Thanks for that well thought out contribution. In an around the proposed Chinatown area (including Davenport Street) there are already a number of Korean BBQs/offerings set up next door to Chinese noodle shops, etc. On Davenport Street there's another Korean BBQ, A Japanese Karaoke Bar, and Thai Massage parlours too. I don't think they give two hoots, tbh.
 

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Has been a while,

Chinatown plan 'will improve Southport'


http://www.goldcoast.com.au/article/2013/07/13/454531_gold-coast-news.html

A RAFT of festivals have been planned for the Gold Coast as part of the Chinatown development in Southport, which is due to open at the end of next year.

The festival calendar was included in the Chinatown masterplan, which was unveiled yesterday by Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate, Southport Councillor Dawn Crichlow, Tourism Minister Jann Stuckey and Member for Southport Rob Molhoek.

The event list included a dragonboat festival, dumpling festival, mid-autumn festival and Qing Ming festival. While a street market has been earmarked as a regular event in Chinatown.

The masterplan, which showed dozens of spots for retail shops and restaurants, also mapped out the likely traffic flows for the Chinatown precinct.

Young and Davenport streets are likely to be closed off for any major events, while council intends to have only one lane open on Young Street, from Davenport to Scarborough streets, from the time Chinatown is open.

Wide pavements and several outdoor dining areas have been included in the masterplan, which has a focus on pedestrian access.

Cr Tate said yesterday that the Chinatown development would improve the look of Southport massively, particularly at night.

"The lights and lanterns will mean that it looks spectacular at night," he said.

"I can imagine people coming into Southport in the evening just to look at it."

Cr Tate said the planned development had already helped to attract investment into Southport and it would continue to do so.

"Anyone with money should be looking to put it into Southport," he said.

"Without conflict of interest, I will be doing the same.

"The timing of Chinatown is perfect."

Cr Crichlow said business confidence was improving in Southport, despite the ongoing challenges from light rail works.

The masterplan is on display in a Young Street shop, which has been leased out for the purpose, until July 19 from 10am to 4pm.
 

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I personally think it (the video) looks awesome. Without the paifangs it doesn't look very Chinatown-ish, but all the potential is there to revitalise this part of Southport (especially with the pedestrian part between Davenport and Scarborough) with new pavements, street furniture, room for cafe's to have tables and chairs outdoors, new trees and plants, as well as the Chinese lanterns etc.
 

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With time, perhaps.. I'm not sure who owns the blocks of land and whether they would be interested in further developing them. Personally, I'd just like to see something go up where Sienna Square was meant to. That, plus Southport Central, Sanbano and a potential future redevelopment of Australia Fair would make the place quite attractive, and while Chinatown would be lowrise, it would be in the middle of multiple 100m+ buildings.
 

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Still a ways off. When I went past the other day they were dealing with wires/conduit under the footpaths (& road?). Looked like quite a bit of concrete had been laid, but a lot of mess still to go. Garden beds to be done, trees to be planted, paifangs, etc
 

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Chinese investors back Chinatown and reveal artist impressions of traditional oriental gates set to rise at the Southport site later this year

http://www.goldcoastbulletin.com.au...-later-this-year/story-fnj94idh-1226992506717





HERE’S your first look the traditional Chinese gates set to rise in Southport’s Chinatown this year.

The oriental design was presented to Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate this afternoon by a delegation of Chinese investors.

If approved, three Paifang gates will stand at each entrance of the precinct, which includes Davenport and Young Street.

Cr Tate said he hoped the gates would be donated to the city and said final negotiations were taking placing.

The council last year spent more than $4.5 million on “foundation works” for the Chinatown precinct, which included streetscaping, new furniture and plants.

Further works will begin on August 8 and it is expected a statue of Confucius will be installed on Davenport Street later this year.
 

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Well there's apparently going to be three of them, so not sure what the other two will look like as of yet. I kind of like it though...
 

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Southport’s Chinatown to spark fine-dining boom in the heart of the CBD

http://www.goldcoastbulletin.com.au...heart-of-the-cbd/story-fnj94idh-1227026170789

SOUTHPORT is on the verge of a fine-dining boom with leasing deals spilling out of the Chinatown precinct and flowing into Scarborough St.

With the long-awaited Chinatown development set to be officially opened in November, Southport leasing specialist Martin Trautmann said vacancy in the precinct was tightening up and restaurateurs were turning to other parts of Southport.

“We’ve got a lot of inquiry coming from Brisbane and few interstaters for space in Chinatown but there’s not a lot of *vacancy left,” he said.

“We’re certainly getting some momentum and there’s no vacancies between Davenport and Scarborough streets. It’s all leased.”

The region has attracted a range of cuisine with sushi, Korean and Mexican restaurant Holy Guacamole all taking space in the area.

Mr Trautmann said many restaurant owners were now looking beyond Chinatown.

“I’ve done so many restaurants deals lately it’s remarkable,” he said.

“A lot of people are skipping Chinatown and are moving into areas around Scarborough St and are looking for areas with good parking.

“There’s a general feeling Southport’s coming of age.”

Southport councillor Dawn Crichlow said the Chinatown precinct was rapidly moving towards its soft opening.

“It will be officially launched in November,” she said.

“We’ve marked all the carparking and all the crossovers are done in bright red with a Chinese pattern.”
 

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China donates a 4m statue of Confucius for Southport’s new Chinatown



http://www.goldcoastbulletin.com.au...ts-new-chinatown/story-fnj94idh-1227050982861

THE wise eyes of Confucius will watch over Southport from next month when a statue of the famed Chinese philosopher arrives in town.

The finishing touches have been made to the 4m monolith in Jining in northeast China’s Shandong *province in preparation for its journey to the Gold Coast to be installed as part of the $6 million Chinatown development.

The statue has been donated to the Gold Coast City Council and will be installed on a stone mount at the intersection of Davenport and Young streets as the first major addition to the new Chinatown precinct.

Mayor Tom Tate will visit Jining, Confucius’s birthplace, next month during a mayoral trip to China and said the statue was a symbol of a growing relationship between the Gold Coast and the neighbouring superpower.

“This donation has been made out of goodwill and cooperation rather than commercial benefit and will be a great addition to the space,” he said.

“The Chinese market has grown significantly in the past three years and the number of visitors has almost doubled so it is no surprise we are reaching out to them.”

A tradition Chinese Paifang gate will stand at each of the three entrances to the precinct. They will be produced in the Gold Coast’s sister cities — Beihai and Zhuhai.

The gates and are expected to be erected next year.

A $15-million upgrade of the Australia Fair West shopping centre, which borders Young St, has also been announced and will be part of the precinct.

During next month’s trip, Cr Tate will present the mayor of the Chinese city of Chengdu with a 3D model of a proposed statue of a panda and a koala embracing.

He said the gift would be designed by students from Griffith University.

“Pandas are world-*renowned and endangered, while we have an animal sanctuary here on the Coast which is a home to koalas, so we have asked the university to come up with a statue of a panda cuddling a koala,” he said.

“My wish is to commission two statues of this concept, focusing on the friendship link between the panda and koala which could be displayed in our CBD as well as in China.

“It is about developing the friendship with our counterparts.”
 

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The gates weren't there last I checked. Not sure if the statue of Confucius was there, but I don't think it was. I wouldn't be surprised if it has been pushed back, seeing as it was originally slated to have been opened in August '14.
 

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A pedestrian mall will stretch from Lawson St through to Young and Davenport streets as part of the Gold Coast’s new Chinatown precinct

http://www.goldcoastbulletin.com.au...inatown-precinct/story-fnj94idh-1227214706343

A HOLE in a wall could be the missing ingredient that will seed the organic growth of Southport’s Chinatown development.

According to Southport councillor Dawn Crichlow, the owners of Australia Fair and the body corporate of Southport Central have come to an agreement that will see a wall separating the pair opened.

The move will create a pedestrian mall that will stretch from Lawson St through to Young and Davenport streets.


It will also connect the nascent Chinatown development through to the existing retail space in Southport Central, *allowing the organic growth of the concept that organisers have claimed is crucial to the success of the plan.

“It was always the key to success of the Chinatown concept,” Cr Crichlow said.

“I understand Australia Fair has already got quite a lot of tenants for its redeveloped Australia Fair West food area, which links out to Chinatown right at the Confucius statue.

“Added to that Southport Central has already got a lot of very good food outlets and three commercial towers, which means there are a lot of potential customers heading down every day.”

With the precinct to play host to a Chinese New Year Festival on February 21, Cr Crichlow said attractions like the 4m-tall Confucius statue were already garnering attention.

“People are saying to me they are coming in to have a look at the statue,” she said.

The New Year festival, which will run from 3-9pm, marks the new lunar year on the Chinese calendar and celebrates the Year of the Goat.

It will feature an Asian food market, lion dancing, workshops with lantern painting and calligraphy, roving entertainment, outdoor cinema, traditional performances and interactive activities for children, finishing with a fireworks display at 9pm.

Mayor Tom Tate said the event represented the first of a series of ongoing openings for Chinatown.

“The food market will *become a regular feature on the Gold Coast night time *social calendar,” he said.

Free public parking will be available at the Athol Paterson, Mal Burke, Carey Park and Broadwater Parklands car parks and at the Australia Fair East car park from 3pm.
 

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I've not been through in a while either, but I doubt it. The only side that ever had anything was that facing Scarborough St when the old bus stop used to be there. I'm not sure whether even those tenancies are still there.
 
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