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NSW Premier Barry O'Farrell, Consul General of  China  Duan Jielong  and  Minister Victor Dominello

NSW Premier Hon.Barry O'Farrell lit up in red Sydney Opera House to mark the start of Chinese New Year

The Sydney Opera House has been lit up in red  to mark the start of Chinese New Year from Sunday, 1oth Feb 2013. NSW Premier Barry O'Farrell said turning one of the world's most recognisable buildings red was a tribute to the contribution Chinese-Australians have made to Sydney, NSW and Australia.

"We have a long history and strong friendship with China and its people," said Mr O'Farrell, who was joined at the event by H.E. Duan Jielong, Consul General (ambassadorial rank) of the People's Republic of China in Sydney and NSW Minister for Citizenship and Communities Victor Dominello.

"Chinese-Australians have been played a huge part in Sydney's history from the earliest immigrants arriving here in 1827 to today where more than 378,000 Chinese-Australians call NSW home.

"I am delighted to turn on these red lights on the world famous Sydney Opera House to mark the arrival of the Year of the Snake.

"I am sure these images will be of interest to millions of people across China. NSW is already a popular destination for Chinese tourists and students and we look forward to welcoming many more Chinese to Sydney and our state this year.

"Later this year I will lead my third trade mission to China as Premier to build on our vitally important economic relationship, explore new opportunities for NSW businesses and deepen our cultural ties.

"I wish all Chinese-Australians a safe and prosperous New Year," Mr O'Farrell said.

Minister for Communities Victor Dominello said this event, involving an internationally recognised icon, will help cement the already strong bonds between NSW and China.

Premier Barry O'Farrell,Consul General People's Republic of China in Sydney Duan Jielong, and Minister for Citizenship and Communities Victor Dominello

        NSW Premier Barry O'Farrell, Consul General of the People's Republic of China in Sydney Duan Jielong during the ceremony of Chinese New year

 

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