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Monday, 26 February 2018
Page: 1921

Mr ALEXANDER (Bennelong) (10:58): We are halfway through celebrating the Lunar New Year, or the Chinese New Year, depending on which side of the railway line you are on in Eastwood. We started on the previous weekend with a celebration of the 10th anniversary and a fabulous cooking competition. You have to have won the competition to be a judge. I was a judge. Geoff Lee, the member for Parramatta, was outstanding and won the competition the previous week amidst incredibly keen competition. On Saturday, we had the Ryde Lights festival at Eastwood where an incredible number of Chinese lanterns were lit after a fantastic display of Eastwood Has Talent. We had traditional dance, we had traditional music, we had lion dancing and it was a great event. The celebration of the Lunar New Year, the Year of the Dog, will be this coming weekend. We're halfway through. We'll have three weeks of celebration. All I can say is, 'Kung Hei Fat Choy,' which is my very best Chinese to say Happy New Year.

The DEPUTY SPEAKER ( Mr Buchholz ): In accordance with standing order 193, the time for members' constituency statements has now concluded.