04 March 2020
(Community Recognition Statement, 4 March 2020, Legislative Assembly, NSW Parliament)
On behalf of the Sydney Electorate, I commend the small business support and development work of the Haymarket Chamber of Commerce. This year I again attended the Haymarket Chamber's Chinese New Year event, celebrating the Year of the Metal Rat. The event was also attended by Premier Gladys Berejiklian, Federal MP Tanya Plibersek, Lord Mayor Clover Moore, Deputy Lord Mayor Jess Scully and other City of Sydney Councillors, demonstrating the chamber's strong and effective links with all three levels of government. Haymarket is one of central Sydney's most historic precincts, with a long history of Chinese residents and businesses contributing to our diverse and multicultural community and economy. Chinatown is complemented by emerging Asian communities like Thai, Korean and Indonesian, now further bolstered by international students. The Haymarket Chamber has a positive history of engaging with the City of Sydney Chinatown revitalisation projects, the State government's George Street light rail construction and of course with the largest Lunar New Year celebrations outside Asia. I thank the Haymarket Chamber of Commerce for their collaborative work to support businesses and engage with all levels of decision makers to benefit the precinct and the community.