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Thanks for the photos mate. Walked past yesterday and noticed the towers were beginning to take shape. Obviously still plenty to be done, but its nice to see the start of one of the paifang after all this time.
 

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No worries Rabo mate,

Stone tiling at the base of the tower columns started late this afternoon it is my understanding the install of the carved wooden sections at the top of the tower will begin onsite tonight.

The tiles come from China the roof of the Tower will be Gold it should make a great impression in the CBD and a wonderful entrance point to the Chinatown precinct.
 

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Definitely starting to look like real paifangs now! I'm curious, do you have any idea when the non-Asian related stores on the eastern side of Young St will go? It doesn't really make sense to walk past these paifangs and then see denture clinics and adult stores...
I don't think you can force them to go?
If someone wants to open a pizza joint in Chinatown, nothing can stop them right?
 

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A few of them have been there a while now, adult store and accountancy firm stick in mind. I guess you offer them a big enough incentive to rent elsewhere? Or up the rent after the current lease ends? I dont know how much carrot you can offer vs stick in this situation.

Between chinatown and aus fair metro, young street and davenport are set to become a pretty high foot traffic place, which likely suits the existing shops just fine. Pity that the bright yellow adult store is so radically out of place with the vision.
 

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The tower gates are huge they are very very impressive a real WOW factor when you seem them up close for the first time the precinct is very colourful with hundreds of traditional lanterns and now the tower with its gold roof.

A Chinese bakery has just opened in the old Southport bakery on Nerang Street behind the main CBD tram station. We need some good cheap eats to get the precinct pumping.

The karaoke bar is still being fitted out it will be the biggest on the coast and you will enter it via one of the old lanes in Chinatown the front of the bar facing Scarborough Street will be a massive Chinese Resturant.

The H&R Block building has been sold in Davenport Street (Chinatown) and will be turned into a Chinese Restaurant and so has the building next to it it will house another Chinese Restaurant.
 

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Not quite Chinatown but very close so I figured I'd ask anyway. The Not Tonight Bar (on the corner of Nerang St and Davenport St) is one of the few bars/restaurants on the GC open late (midnight I think). Interestingly, they posted on Facebook last week that they will be using their new opening hours this week for 7 days a week. So does anyone know how late they'll be open? 2am maybe? There really isn't enough establishments on the coast that are open late outside of nightclubs and the casino. Having a bar/restaurant in the Southport CBD that is open in the early hours of the morning really sets the tone for what a proper CBD should be like.

Anyway, does anyone know about their new opening hours? Taroom perhaps?
 

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We are excited to give you an update on the Chinese New Year event arrangements.

Chinese New Year will be celebrated in Chinatown on Saturday, 20 February 2016. The event will run from 4 to 9.00pm with fireworks starting at 9pm.

This is a great opportunity to collaborate and get involved in the biggest Chinatown event of the year - Chinese New Year!

How to get involved:
· Be open and ready for trade
· Trade to the front of your shop
· Apply for a stall at the markets. See below under “Market Stall Requirements” to see if you qualify.
· We encourage you to hang a lettuce outside your business if you’re located along Young and Davenport Streets for the Lion Dancers to come eat (a Chinese tradition)
· Collaborate with your neighbours and create a reason for the community to come to your shop/area
o Examples include decorations, activities, music, games, special deals
o If you have any special events at your business or within your area – let us know by close of business Friday, 5 February and we will aim to advertise your activities on the Chinatown Facebook page. Examples include working with your neighbour to invite a band to play in front of your businesses, or hiring a magician, or organising games, or any other interesting Asian inspired activities.

Interesting Facts
· Last year this celebration was attended by over 15,000 people! So it should be a great night to be doing business!
· This year’s celebration combines with the Chinatown Street markets so road closures and layout will be similar to the Chinatown Street markets.
· There will be entertainment in the core area of southern Davenport Street and Young Street, which includes a stage, lion dances, jumping castles, sumo suits, ping pong tables, an outdoor cinema, a bar down the Davison Laneway, and laneway installations courtesy of Griffiths University architecture students.
· It is the Year of the Monkey in the Chinese Calendar.

Market Stall Requirements:
FOOD STALL
· Food must be Asian inspired
· All food packaging must be biodegradable
· Have a Gold Coast City Council Approved Temporary Food Premises Licence http://www.lgtoolbox.qld.gov.au/EH .../Temporary Food Stall Equipment Checklist.pdf
· Have Public Liability Insurance Certificate of Currency ($10million minimum)
· Price: $150 per stall (Stall size 3m x 3m)


MERCHANDISE STALL REQUIREMENTS l
· Strictly Asian inspired merchandise
· Price: $75 per stall (Stall size3m x 3m)
· Have public Liability Insurance Certificate of Currency ($10million minimum)

Deadlines for stalls
· If you are interested in having a stall at the event please notify us by COB Thursday 28 January at [email protected]
· We will email you an application form to be filled out
· Submit all application requirements by COB Tuesday, 2 February (successful applicants will be advised within 5 working days)

We look forward to enjoying the celebrations with you.


For more information please contact the Gold Coast CBD team on

P 1300 CBD Team (1300 223 832)

W [email protected]


The above email was sent to my work today from the Gold Coast City Council CBD Team
 

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Matchu the massive million dollar Karaoke Bar currently being fitted out in the Chinatown precinct off Davison Lane has applied for a 24 hour liquor licence it will be the biggest Karoke Bar in the city.

I have not heard to date if the 24 hour licence has been granted.



Here is a link to pics and a story on the Bar.

http://www.goldcoastbulletin.com.au...s/news-story/27aa7a39cb413b0b46513abdc6ee7a14

It will be called E Star Karaoke.
 

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Not quite Chinatown but very close so I figured I'd ask anyway. The Not Tonight Bar (on the corner of Nerang St and Davenport St) is one of the few bars/restaurants on the GC open late (midnight I think). Interestingly, they posted on Facebook last week that they will be using their new opening hours this week for 7 days a week. So does anyone know how late they'll be open? 2am maybe? There really isn't enough establishments on the coast that are open late outside of nightclubs and the casino. Having a bar/restaurant in the Southport CBD that is open in the early hours of the morning really sets the tone for what a proper CBD should be like.

Anyway, does anyone know about their new opening hours? Taroom perhaps?

Spoke to the guys at Not Tonight back in September and we had a discussion about the desire and need for a greater small bar culture in Southport. A few people who were in the bar at the time joined in on the conversation. Everyone agreed that the current liquor licensing laws were a joke! Especially for a "CBD" and with the 2018 games coming, the laws make the GC look like a joke!

The manager of NT said they had been trying for AGES to get extended trading hours! Hopefully they have finally achieved their goal and more and more small bars pop up around Southport!
 

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I agree Sam and I do know that Council does have a decent marketing budget for Chinatown festivals such as Chinese New Year as well as other Asian Festivals.

Chinatown was established by Dale Anderson from the Southport TAB and other local Southport CBD retailers because of the uncertainty at the time surrounding the Gold Coast Hospital site and the growing prominence of both Surfers Paradise and Broadbeach as key business areas it was a move aimed at reigniting interest in Southport's CBD and restoring the suburb's status as the city's key business hub.

Broadbeach has the convention centre and the casino and Surfers Paradise has the beach and nightclubs ... while Southport was losing its hospital and its CBD.

Mr Anderson and the Southport CBD retailers wanted something to replace that and bring people back into the CBD, by creating a lot of different restaurants and businesses. They were critisised back then because there were no Asian businesses in the precinct so had to start Chinatown from scratch.

The objective was to establish a street that honours all the Asian cultures and features different architectural and ornamental structures. Given they started from nothing and the area was full of empty run down shops and now most have been leased I am sure the precinct will take hold and be successful but it will take time.

Southport is our city's most multicultural suburb with thousands of overseas Asian students at Griffith University living and studying in the CBD so it is a perfect location for a Chinatown it is hoped the precinct won't be a burden on rate payers and in the future will not need any help from council but will grow organically much like Sunnybank in Brisbane has done a place tourist and locals will want to visit so as to experience Asian food, shopping and business.

Also the two Chinatown night projectors are now switched on they project colourful Asian art and images onto the walls of two buildings in Chinatown if anyone is driving around the CBD at night take a look, one of the projectors is located in Davenport Street the other in Young Street.
I can't help but laugh when you call it a "CBD". :lol:
 

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I just came from a CBD meeting some interesting facts on the CBD.

Southport - Stats
In 2015 Southport became the offical CBD of the Gold Coast, Australia's sixth largest city.
2.5 billion dollars of development is planned for Southport.
8000 apartments have been approved for Southport.
50% of parents in Southport are born overseas making it the Gold Coast most multi cultural suburb.
16% of the entire Gold Coast population live and work in Southport.
10% of the Southport population was born in Asia.
68,000 people will live in Southport by 2036.
10,000 TAFE students study in Southport
15,000 students study at Griffith University in Southport
25,000 people work in Southport.
Southport is home to the Gold Coast Mayors Office, City's Law Courts, Public Hospital, Public University, Local Radio Station, Local Newspaper and Southport has the largest commercial area of office space in the city.
 

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Spoke to the guys at Not Tonight back in September and we had a discussion about the desire and need for a greater small bar culture in Southport. A few people who were in the bar at the time joined in on the conversation. Everyone agreed that the current liquor licensing laws were a joke! Especially for a "CBD" and with the 2018 games coming, the laws make the GC look like a joke!

The manager of NT said they had been trying for AGES to get extended trading hours! Hopefully they have finally achieved their goal and more and more small bars pop up around Southport!
Good to hear. According to this article, the council added a small bar feature to the proposed city plan back in June 2015 and we know the city plan is going to commence on 2 February 2016. Perhaps Not Tonight were allowed to trial the new hours/small bar set up two weeks before the city plan kicks in? I know the old trading hours used to be 10am-midnight but it appears they now open at 12pm which would suggest breakfast is off their menu. I'd just really like to know how late they are open and if they have become a small bar alone without being a restaurant.

I think we'll see a lot more small bars popping up in Southport if it went through in the new city plan and that's a good thing for the future CBD of the Gold Coast.
 

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Construction Update – Harmony Paifang / Han Gate Install – Gold Coast Chinatown


The majority of construction works for the Han Gate are now complete as scheduled.

Next week final detailing will be completed (day works, 6am to 6pm), including finishing decorative treatments, ceramic tiling of the roof, stone cladding and reinstatement of pavers around the base of the Han Gate.

Works on the gate are scheduled for completion by Friday next week – Please note storms/weather may continue to impact installation timeframes due to risks associated with rain and lightning.

No power disruptions to properties are anticipated as a result of these works.

Day works will be contained within the fenced construction zones. 1 car park and 1 loading zone adjacent the towers will continue to be utilised during construction and closed off with the construction fencing next week.

Should you have any questions or concerns during this period please contact the CBD team on 1300 223 832.

Kind regards,

Above Email sent to me today from the CBD Team at Council.
 

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Your not going to believe this but they have run out of tiles.

Someone f*cked up and did not order enough gold ceramic roof tiles so work has stopped on the gates for a few weeks till more gold ceramic tiles can be sourced from the middle of China.

They have just one section of the roof facing Scarborough Street on the Northern Tower to do, bloody hell!
 
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