Last month I (Johnson Shiu) joined the workshop for the design of Chinatown Gold Coast’s master plan with input from over 40 interested professionals, council members and business leaders, as well as many delegates from the Gold Coast’s Chinese Sister Cities Taipie and Chouhoi. Some impressive ideas have been put forward to bring a truly modern and unique Chinatown to life on the Gold Coast. You can read the article from The Gold Coast Bulletin here.
Creative Industry Definations:
Creative enterprises, those engaged in the commercial exploitation of intellectual property-based goods and services imbued with symbolic meaning (i.e., books, film, music), contribute significantly to the economic, social and cultural development of nations. These enterprises form complex networks in content-driven sectors, which in turn make up the creative industries. Their unique characteristics (i.e., original symbolic products) drive and sustain diverse cultural and customary traditions, and enhance social values. At the same time, they generate wealth, increase employment opportunities, and promote trade. Yet, their true value and potential are often underestimated and insufficiently analyzed.
The phrase creative industries (or sometimes creative economy) refers to a set of interlocking industry sectors that focus on creating unique property, content or design that previously did not exist. Economic contributions from creative industries have been increasing, particularly as manufacturing industries have become increasingly automated and process-driven. The economic contributions are often cited as being a growing part of the global economy.
Some of the key activities of the Creative Industries include:
Organize, coordinate and perform activities related to conceptualizing the creative industries, with emphasis on the importance of intellectual property rights;
In cooperation with national authorities and professional bodies, work towards the identification of the potential of the creative industries through the mapping of the creative sectors, and assess the needs and working practices in these sectors; develop projects to facilitate the optimal use of the intellectual property system in the creative industries.
Chinatown is part of a broader plan to revitalise Southport as an international business district.Chinatown will be the place where the Gold Coast community can celebrate the best of Asian culture and design. It will foster international relationships, attract investment and welcome tourists. The precinct will also support a range of multicultural businesses and professional services.Chinatown will be developed in partnership with the community, private sector and government through the development of a master plan. The master plan will detail a clear vision, identify distinctive design elements and develop an implementation strategy and ongoing management plan.A crucial component of the success of Chinatown is a vibrant events and festivals strategy which gives the Gold Coast community and visitors a place to experience and celebrate Chinese and Asian cultures.
A number of benefits are expected from the Chinatown development including:
Provide opportunity for cultural exchange between Australia, China and other Asian countries
Build trade and investment relationships
Create confidence in the development industry and encourage the redevelopment of Southport
Enhance the tourism product and cultural diversity
Generate a new night time economy
Leverage the proximity to the light rail station by creating a destination and increase pedestrian activity
Master Plan Elements
Three paifang’s (gateways) will mark the boundary of Chinatown and will represent the unique nature of Chinatown Gold Coast and the Gold Coast’s relationship with our Sister Cities. Ultimately a cultural centre and memorial gardens are proposed which will contain a worship centre (for both Taoist and Buddhist) and exhibition space for displays on Chinese culture.