Year of the Dragon – Chinese New Year Wrap-Up

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It has been a great start to the Year of the Loong in the Glen Waverley district community as tens of thousands of residents celebrated the Lunar New Year. Without doubt it is one of the best times of the year in my community, with families coming together celebrating the year ahead, which in this case is the Year of the Dragon.

It was wonderful to welcome the Premier to the Glen Waverley community to open the annual Kingsway Lunar New Year and Lantern Festival. It would not be possible without Vincent Chow OAM and the work of the entire Monash Chinese Events Organising Committee. Thousands of visitors came along to support local businesses and stallholders, including at my mobile office stall, with our wonderful volunteers having lots of positive conversations with our local Chinese community.

I also had the pleasure of celebrating with the Chinese Association of Monash. Together we made glutinous rice balls, participated in singing and watched traditional dance performances. Thanks to Michael Miao, the CAM president, for such a terrific event, and a shout-out to the Chinese Association of Victoria, run by president Boon Chuan Tay and their stellar management team, for their terrific Lunar New Year event as well. It was a pleasure to cross Dandenong Creek and join the vibrant celebration with the Chinese members of our community.

The Chinese community in Glen Waverley and indeed across Victoria contributes so much to our great state. I am proud to be a member of the Allan Labor government, which supports our Chinese community in our words and our actions. Xīn nián kuài lè. Gōng xǐ fā cái. Xièxiè.

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