The West Australian government will spend $2 million to revitalise Perth’s Chinatown precinct with lanterns and road stencilling.
As part of the revitalisation, Chinese New Year celebrations will be expanded into Chinatown laneways in 2014 with a $50,000 state government grant to the Chung Wah Association.
Premier Colin Barnett said on Sunday the aim was to create a more vibrant precinct for families, locals and tourists.
“Chinatown is a popular location for people of all ages and an important business precinct in Northbridge that has been rundown for some time,” he said.
“This investment will transform the area to its former glory of the 1980s and ensure it remains an exciting and culturally important destination for years to come.”
The Chinatown precinct is bound by Nicks Lane and Roe and James Streets in Northbridge, and includes 13 restaurants and businesses.
The wider Perth City Link project will create five new connections between the city and Northbridge, which will encourage more people to pass through the Roe Street area every day, the premier said.
The project is expected to be complete by the end of 2015.