Lunar New Year 2021
Mr ALISTER HENSKENS (Ku-ring-gai) (19:48): This Lunar New Year we celebrate the Year of the Ox. The ox symbolises resilience, steadiness and hard work—qualities we have all had to draw on in managing the global pandemic. Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese cultures have long been part of our country's multicultural fabric. I had the privilege of representing the Deputy Premier at the Australia China Business Council new year dinner last month. Locally it was great to take part in the Ku-ring-gai Lunar New Year Festival, which was made possible due to a $15,000 Multicultural NSW grant. Along with members of the Chinese Australian Services Society and Dae Hahn Culture School, guests were entertained with live music, traditional dance performances, lantern displays and traditional cuisines. The Ku-ring-gai electorate is home to many Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese families, and their communities add spirit and vibrancy to our local area. Congratulations to everyone involved. It was wonderful to be able to celebrate in a COVID-safe way. Happy new year; gong xi fa cai.