Decorative lanterns to light up Chinatown in Southport

SOUTHPORT’S makeover as the new centre of business and investment on the Gold Coast will be boosted through the installation of decorative lighting in Chinatown.

Local Government Minister David Crisafulli said the Newman Government would contribute $100,000 from the Local Government Grants and Subsidies Program to help install lanterns and projectors that will strengthen the unique identity and cultural significance of the precinct.

“As a priority development area, we are determined to rejuvenate Southport by attracting more investment, tourism and business opportunities,” Mr Crisafulli said


“The Chinatown project will further boost the city’s links with China and Asia and capitalise on the growing level of foreign investment already occurring in the area.”

Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate welcomed the Newman Government funding announcement saying it had come at a critical time in Southport’s history.

“I am grateful to the Newman Government for their support declaring Southport a Priority Development Area and the Gold Coast’s official CBD,” said Cr Tate.

“Projects including the Gold Coast Chinatown will be a catalyst for new investment and drive the urban renewal of our most important commercial precinct.”

“This funding announcement is welcome news and will help accelerate the delivery of the project now that master planning and foundation works have been completed.”

The overall Chinatown street scaping project includes landscaping, road realignment, service provision and upgrades, three traditional Paifang gateways, unique furniture, public art and decorative lighting.

The project has been developed by the Gold Coast City council in conjunction with the local Chinese community and input from the Gold Coast’s sister cities in China and Taiwan.