Southport still on track as CBD despite slow start for Games

19 Nov

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By Megumi Kimura, Bond University Journalism Student

The reinvigoration of Southport since it was bestowed as the Gold Coast’s CBD has been slow but local leaders are confident a number of projects will have the suburb ready for the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

Since the announce     ment of the Games and the start of the light rail, the Gold Coast City Council has implemented further changes to revitalise Southport, said President of the Southport Chamber of Commerce laird Marshall.

“The reinvigoration of the Southport area has been relatively slow since news of the Commonwealth Games but the new west area of Australia Fair Shopping Centre will generate some activity,” he said.

Mr Marshall said the introduction of Chinatown and the Chinatown Markets had only seen progression on a small scale and hadn’t proceeded as quickly as some would like.

“Chinatown has seen some progression but it isn’t comparable to markets like Miami Marketta [local food market],” he said.

Mr Marshall said that the renovations on Australia Fair West would result in a modern retail area with open dining adjoining the Chinatown precinct that could potentially match that of popular Gold Coast food attractions.

“While the project isn’t my baby, I think the goal is to create something similar to Miami Marketta, it will be a tourist destination and will create ongoing night time activity,” he said.

A Southport business owner of two food outlets agreed that Australia Fair West would help his business, not hinder it.

“The new section will raise awareness for Southport and it will be helpful to my businesses,” said local restaurant and shop owner Jack Pan.

Mr Marshall said he expected Australia Fair West would open before Christmas.



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