Businesses in Chinatown are hoping they will not be kept in the dark when new street lights are installed by utility company Horizon Power.Monsoonal Blues owner Julie Russell has volunteered her time by sitting on the Chinatown Action Group and Chinatown
Traders with other traders to help form a strategy to revitalise the town, including better lighting.
Large parts of Chinatown are not illuminated by street lighting at night, sparking concerns that they could not be found or look closed during late night trading on Thursdays.
“From what I gather there will be extra lighting going in but we will not know that until the new underground power cabling is laid and the new light poles installed,” Ms Russell said.
“The whole idea is to put more lights in, that would help with security as well.
“I guess we are all going to have to wait and see how effective and where the new lighting will be placed. This is all needed to bring the vibrancy back into Chinatown.”
Shire president Graeme Campbell said the council has agreed to put in $250,000 over two years to install the underground power cables.“At this stage we are only receiving standard street lighting but a more decorative form of lighting, more conducive to Chinatown, will be explored in the future,” he said.
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