We've transformed Thomas Street in Haymarket into a people-friendly walkway and public space, with more trees, lighting, seating and an artwork.
We formally adopted the Chinatown public domain plan in 2010.
While we have been putting the plan into place to create a precinct that celebrates the unique character and heritage of Chinatown, recent significant changes in the southern part of the city centre presented a need to update the plan in 2015.
The plans for Chinatown were warmly received when placed on public exhibition in August and September 2015.
It is also the result of detailed studies of the precinct which looked at current street quality, the shortage of gathering spaces, the ways people currently travel to and through Chinatown and how people spend time in Chinatown.
Little Hay Street, Factory Street and Kimber Lane were upgraded in 2012.
The revitalisation of these streets has created a more generous and engaging pedestrian experience.
Shared zones and widened footpaths have encouraged people to visit the area, provided opportunities for gathering spaces and created a framework for new public art and decorative lighting.
The successful upgrade of Little Hay Street, Factory Street and Kimber Lane included:
It also included integrated artwork along Thomas Street comprising street furniture, paving materials and paving patterns as well as various cultural elements paying homage to traditional Chinese gardens and Australian identity.
To support the new public space on Thomas Street between Ultimo Road and Thomas Lane, traffic changes included:
We’ve installed these new features in Thomas Street between Hay Street and Ultimo Road:
We've also added these features in the shared zone between Ultimo Road and Thomas Lane: