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Chinatown gates to be built in Southport by council


CHINESE gates could rise in Southport’s Young St as early as next month as Chinatown takes shape.

Gold Coast City Council will push ahead with building one of the three paifang gates, which will become some of the centrepieces of the precinct.

The gates will be called harmony, harvest and wealth.

The $275,000 “harmony” gate will be paid for by council.

The “harvest” gate will be donated to the city by a group of Chinese investors while the design of the “wealth” paifang has been done by one of the Gold Coast’s China-based sister cities.

The harmony gate will be unveiled on February 19 to mark Chinese New Year.

The launch is also expected to include the unveiling of a 4m tall statue of Confucius at the intersection of Davenport and Young sts.

The statue arrived in Brisbane late last month and will be brought south over the Christmas period.

Mayor Tom Tate, who will visit China this month on a self-funded trade mission, said the gates would give the precinct an “authentic” feel.

Artist impression of traditional Chinese paifang gates which will be installed in Young St.
 

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The Southport councilor has vowed to remove the adult shop from the Chinatown precinct. Apparently red lanterns that will hang from the light poles will be installed over the next few weeks while the Confucius statue and the eastern paifang gate will be put in the precinct before the official opening on Chinese New Year. Article link.
 

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Hi Matchu you are spot on the red lanterns will go up within the next 8 weeks in time for Chinese New Year in Feb 2015 these lanterns will be a permanent fixture in Chinatown along with other multi media displays and lights.



There are also 3 new Chinese Restaurants being fitted out already within the Chinatown precinct and a host of nearby Asian cafés and shops opening around the precinct and in the CBD already cementing Southport as the Gold Coasts most multicultural suburb.
Chinatown will really make our CBD.



Australia Fair that joins the Chinatown Precinct is owned by the same Chinese/Australian family that own the Sunnybank Plaza shopping centre in Sunnybank one of the busiest Asian shopping Centres in Brisbane so it is hoped many of the shops from Sunnybank Plaza will open second outlets in the new refurbished Australia Fair West in Chinatown that will now be called Australia Fair Metro when the refurbishment is completed in a few months.

Here are some of the many nearby Asian shops that have started trading in the CBD already.









Much of the streetscaping and ground work has now been finished and even some of the Chinatown furniture has hit the ground. Now it's just the gates and lanterns and the 4 metre stature of Confucius to go up. Looking Good......these round seats on the footpath (above) are supposed to resemble soya sauce dipping bowls.









Asian Street Art on the Subway Building in Scarborough Street, Southport CBD.

 

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I have just taken these photos today of the Gold Coast Chinatown project.

I am new here so sorry the pics are so big as I don't know how to reduce them is size but hopefully everyone will get a bit of an idea of what stage the project is at.

The two old lanes will need to be activated and also you can see in two of the pics the base for the Confucius Statue that will be installed in a few weeks.

As you can see by the photos the precinct still feels a bit sterile at present so needs more of an Asian identity hopefully all this will start to change when the cultural embellishments are installed.



These little round seats you see on the footpath in Chinatown are supposed to look like soya sauce dipping bowls.





The Streetlights in Chinatown are Asian inspired and have a gold ring around the pole also that sits about eye level.



Above is another soya sauce dipping bowl seat on the footpath.



All the Streetlights in Chinatown as per the pic above have these Asian style hat type lamp shades on them.



All the pedestrian crossings in the Chinatown precinct are in the process of being painted bright red and given an Asian style makeover.



The above and below photo are pics of the site of the Confucius Statue you can see the base here has already been installed waiting for the statue. The little round seats you can see are supposed to represent soya sauce dipping bowls.



The next few photos are pics of the two old lanes that wind there way through the Chinatown Precinct, Regent Lane and Davison Lane.

I know council has spent a fortune running the power under the ground and connecting the lanes to gas and fixing up the lighting in the lane ways so in the future and at some point down the track they can be activated for night markets and street dinning ect but a lot more work will need to be done before that will happen but they do have so much potential and give the place history and character.















In the pic above you can see in the shop window work has already started on fitting out a Chinese Restaurant one of 3 that have signed leases in the Chinatown precinct this month.









 

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No worries Nathan and Coast Lad,

I honestly think this project is the key to revitalising the Gold Coast CBD. It will become a unique precinct that will be a vibrant multicultural destination that will bring the city together to celebrate family, friends, food, seasons and traditions.

Chinatown has been designed to temporarily close sections of the precinct to allow dining, markets, entertainment and performance to occur within the street.

The next phase of Chinatown according to the newsletter I got this week from the City Council as I have a business in the precinct will see the cultural embellishments including lanterns and public art and Paifang (traditional welcoming gates) and new businesses start to move in.

Over the next 8 weeks the newsletter states all the Electrical boxes in the precinct will have Asian inspired artwork and footpath stencilling will begin. Artistically designed lanterns will be installed along with the Confucius Statue, three decorative lighting projectors will be put in place and Interactive public art will also be installed.

Chinatown will have 3 Paifang's (Gateways)

Harvest Paifang - Designed and Donated by Purun Group and Chongqing City this is expected mid 2015 and will be located at the Western end of Chinatown near the CWA.

Wealth Paifang - Designed by Beihai City, the city is working to secure donations and will be located at the bottom of the hill half way along Davenport Street in Chinatown out in front of JPOPS this is expected mid 2015.

Harmony Paifang - Han Gate - Designed by Taipei City, the city will fund this gateway at a cost of $275,000 and will be located on the corner of Young Street and Scarborough Street in Chinatown just down from the TAB and will be installed within the next 8 weeks.

The Chinatown December 2014 newsletter goes on to say 2015 will see the precinct host a number of international delegations as the cultural embellishments are installed and unveiled. Preparations are also underway to celebrate the 2015 Chinese New Year as the first major event to be held in the precinct. The city is encouraging Chinatown traders and property owners to be involved in developing the events program and to use Chinatown as a platform for a variety of culturally significant urban art initiatives across the precinct. These art pieces are being used to embed cultural meaning into Chinatown and create a real sense of interest and identity within the precinct.

The Chinatown December 2014 newsletter then finishes up saying. "Property and business owners are actively pursuing opportunities to engage local artists to create culturally inspired murals on the front and inside of buildings. These works will be beneficial in creating a sense of Asian flavour and style to existing business in Chinatown".

Sounds good :)

I can see in 10 years time the Gold Coast CBD in Southport will be a massive Asian driven CBD powerhouse and the second most important CBD in Queensland after Brisbane's CBD.

The first Asian inspired art work on one of the precinct electrical boxes has just been finished this box is located at the western end of Chinatown out the front of the CWA.

As you can see by the photos the precinct still feels a bit sterile at present so needs more of an Asian identity hopefully all this will start to change when the cultural embellishments are installed.





 

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Scaffolding will go up around Australia Fair West next week as part of the $15 million dollar makeover to turn it into a Chinatown Dinning precinct and international food court. The entire Australia Fair West will be locked down and gutted accept for the TAB and Commonwealth Bank, the upstairs car park will stay open so the refurbishment will only involve downstairs at this stage.
 

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Scaffolding will go up around Australia Fair West as part of the 15 million dollar makeover to turn it into a Chinatown Dinning precinct next week. The entire Australia Fair West will be locked down accept for the TAB and Commonwealth Bank the upstairs car park will stay open so the refurbishment will only involve downstairs at this stage. When work is completed you will be able to walk from under Southport Central to Australia Fair without going outside.
That's awesome. I drove past and noticed the bottom level was empty but work had not begun. Obviously your post explains why that is the case. It's interesting that Chinatown is really the centre piece of the CBD at the moment and I dare say it will be considering the exact centre of the CBD in the future. Meaning developers will build around Chinatown.
 

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I hope Australia Fair get it right as this development they are doing at Australia Fair West needs to fit in with Chinatown so I am hoping it will be like Market Square in Sunnybank that they own so for example have Asian Supermarkets, Asian Butchers, Vietnamese Bakeries, Asian fruit and Veg shops and Seafood Markets ect sort of like an upmarket Asian version of the Ferry Road Markets ect. The last thing we need is a heap of $2 dollar Paddy Market type shops there so I hope they can get the right mix of tenants in there to draw people into the Centre and make Chinatown a success.
 
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