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Message from the Mayor | Happy Lunar New Year

Released on 8 February 2016

Mayor Brian Robson

This week heralds the start of the Lunar New Year; the Korean, Chinese and Vietnamese Year of the Monkey. Monkeys are witty, intelligent, and have a magnetic personality. Forever playful, Monkeys are the masters of practical jokes. They are fast learners and crafty opportunists.

Each year, our Lunar New Year celebrations allow us to showcase the City of Canterbury’s rich cultural diversity and celebrate the traditions and culture of our Asian communities.

We have many families with Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese backgrounds in our City and for them Lunar Year brings exciting opportunities and the prospect of a prosperous year ahead. For many people in our community, this is a time for family reunions, and to reflect on the past year.

For our Asian communities the Year of the Monkey will be a year for contemplating and appreciating what has already been accomplished, to think about bringing goodness to others, to take a deep breath and calmly look at what's ahead.

I invite residents to join City of Canterbury’s celebrations to welcome the Lunar Year with a Lion Dancing parade down Beamish Street, Campsie, from 10am on Monday, 8 February. I’m looking forward to being part of the traditional lion dance and meeting residents and local business owners.  

May the Year of the Monkey bring you all happiness, success, prosperity, good fortune and longevity.

Last week I addressed the Public Inquiry into the State Government’s Canterbury-Bankstown merger proposal. Council will be considering its position on the proposal at a Council meeting later in the month. We will be submitting a written submission on the proposal to the delegate appointed by the Government to examine the Canterbury-Bankstown proposal, John Roseth.

Residents can also make a submission on the merger proposal up until 28 February. Go to www.councilboundaryreview.nsw.gov.au

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