(4pm 6 December 2011, Holiday Inn Chinatown)
Hello, everyone, welcome to your community consultation. I would like firstly to acknowledge the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, the traditional custodians of our land, and to pay my respects to their Elders. I also acknowledge the 200 nationalities that make up our City.
As you know, the City's Chinatown Public Domain Study has produced four guiding directions for this special area, and they include:
- strengthening of the Haymarket centre
- fostering a mix of traditional and contemporary
- help with festivals and events and
- improve the streets and make them more accessible to pedestrians and cyclists.
As part of that study, we've organised a series of community consultations to get a clear understanding of your expectations and to help us set priorities for implementing the improvements.
This led to our "early start" projects in Factory Street, Little Hay Street and Kimber Lane where work is under way and due to be finished early next year.
We're about to call for expressions of interest for the Thomas Street and Hay Street public art and will have selected an artist by March.
Tenders for the Thomas and Hay Street designs will be called early next year and the concept designs will go on public exhibition from next August.
The present works being carried out by our City Projects team include the Chinatown Information Kiosk, which will open in January. This will be a big plus for visitors to the area which is one of our big tourist drawcards.
We're now looking at the Thomas and Hay Street project, and traffic consultants have finished testing the proposed street closure and expansion of pedestrian space.
We've prepared a Public Art Strategy for Chinatown and the nominated public art projects are now being integrated into project briefs.
In partnership with Gallery 4A, we held a public art forum called New Century Garden which produced some stimulating ideas for the future of the area and we've now prepared an expression of interest, seeking an artist to guide the design of the proposed Thomas Street closure and the Hay Street improvements.
The Thomas Street space could allow us to create a New Century Chinese Garden as a respite from the bustle of Chinatown.
Together, these works will provide a renewed focus on this significant precinct, and provide a better setting for the businesses and greater amenity for the many shoppers, tourists and visitors who come on a daily basis to Chinatown.
Thank you once again for your interest and your input to our work and I'd now like to hand over to Lisa Dodd.