Hon Mike Nahan BEc MS PhD MLA

Hon Mike Nahan BEc MS PhD MLA

Former Treasurer; Minister for Energy; Citizenship and Multicultural Interests

    WA celebrates Chinese New Year of the Goat

    20/02/2015 12:00 AM
     
    • Celebrations this weekend
    • Chinese New Year runs from February 19, 2015 to February 7, 2016
    • $40,000 in State Government grants for two events 
    Mild-mannered, sympathetic and brimming with a strong sense of kind-heartedness and justice are traits attributed to people born in the Chinese New Year of the Goat.
     
    In wishing all West Australians a happy, healthy and prosperous Chinese New Year, Citizenship and Multicultural Interests Minister Mike Nahan said he hoped the next 12 months would be notable for these attributes.
     
    Celebrations start this weekend with the annual Perth Chinese New Year Fair, a free event hosted by the Chung Wah Association, which lights up Northbridge on Sunday. The fair is now in its fourth year.
     
    Wanneroo Showground will come alive with families and friends celebrating the Vietnamese New Year Tet Festival from February 20-21. The spectacular free two-day event includes cultural performances and lion dancing.
     
    The State Government contributed $20,000 each to both events as part of the Office of Multicultural Interests community grants program.
     
    "Chinese New Year celebrations are occasions for people from WA's many diverse cultural backgrounds to celebrate together," Dr Nahan said.
     
    People from the Western Australian Chinese community come from countries including Vietnam, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and Taiwan.
     
    "WA enjoys the many benefits of these large, inclusive community celebrations. The events are an opportunity to celebrate our rich cultural diversity," the Minister said.
     
           Fact File
    • Data from the 2011 Census indicated:
      • there were 16,708 Chinese-born people living in WA
      • there were 75,935 people in WA identified as having Chinese ancestry
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