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New grants to help bring Sydney’s Dixon Street plan to life

New grants to help bring Sydney’s Dixon Street plan to life

The City of Sydney is proposing to distribute up to $1.9 million in grants to support the rejuvenation of Dixon Street and the Haymarket precinct.

Eligible ratepayers and business owners who undertake upgrades to their buildings and shopfronts will receive matched funds, aiming to inject vibrancy into this iconic area.

Grant recipients with street-level shopfronts will be encouraged to transform their spaces, bringing food preparation stations to front windows and establishing a ‘chef’s gallery’ on Dixon Street. Proposed Dixon Street improvement grants amount to $1.2 million, with applicants receiving support from planning and design experts throughout the process.

Lord Mayor of Sydney, Clover Moore, emphasised the significance of Dixon Street as the heart of Sydney’s Chinatown. “Our communities told us through an extensive consultation process that revitalising Dixon Street should be one of our top priorities,” said Moore. “These grants will help breathe new life into the strip, as we work hand in hand with the local community to upgrade the area.”

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A further $600,000 has been earmarked to support major attractions in the Haymarket precinct over three years. Up to $200,000 will be provided to support one major event each year that celebrates Asian cultures, strengthens community inclusion and supports cohesion.

“We know our communities want a diverse, friendly and safe area that’s easy to navigate, with a range of food options, and social and cultural history respected and celebrated in the streetscape,” said Moore.

The City of Sydney is also considering up to $100,000 of value-in-kind grants, including fee waivers and reduced or no venue hire costs. Projects that celebrate Asian cultures, strengthen community connection and activate Haymarket with creative programming are encouraged.

The finalised activation grant program will be open to not-for-profits and businesses creating attractions in the area.

The $44 million revitalisation project for Haymarket, endorsed by the council in 2023, included the proposed grants program. The strategy and public domain plan for Haymarket and Chinatown were shaped through extensive multilingual consultations, engaging over 1,150 residents, businesses and community members.

Since 2010, the City of Sydney has initiated numerous public place investments in the historic precinct. Projects include the $43.5 million pedestrianisation of George Street south, creating new public space at Thomas Street, implementing public art projects and upgrading local streets like Kimber Lane.

All grant recommendations for the Dixon Street improvement program and Haymarket attractions will undergo Council approval.

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