23rd January 2012 marks the start of Chinese New Year, the most important date in the Chinese calendar and ushers in the year of the Water Dragon.
"It's a great privilege to celebrate Chinese New Year with the community. It's a festival that symbolises the arrival of luck, joy and prosperity," Member for Oatley Mark Coure said today.
"It's also a time when Chinese families gather together for their annual reunion dinners and to share in this fantastic, happy period with loved ones.
"Our state boasts the largest Chinese community in Australia. Some 350,000 people of Chinese heritage live in New South Wales and I am pleased that so many Chinese families have chosen to settle in the St George area, with around 10,000 residents.
"I have a strong commitment to the Chinese community and enjoy attending community functions and sharing in this special festival. I'll be taking the time to visit local businesses, restaurants and residents to pass on my best wishes for the year of the Dragon.
"The Dragon is a symbol of good fortune, leadership and hard work, and water is said to have a calming influence on the Dragon's usually fiery temperament. I wish everyone a happy and prosperous year of the Water Dragon," Mr Coure concluded.