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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