February 10, 2023
The Chamber held its Year of the Rabbit New Year Banquet at the Eight Modern Chinese Restaurant in Sydney’s Chinatown on Friday, 3 February 2023 which was attended by more than 360 members, VIP guests, local and foreign dignitaries and friends of the Chamber.
The Chamber was extremely delighted to have hosted two very special guests of the evening, being the Hon. Anthony Albanese MP, Prime Minister of Australia, and the Hon. Dominic Perrottet, Premier of the State of New South Wales.
We especially thank Prime Minister Albanese and Premier Perrottet for the honour bestowed upon us by their attendance along with Senator for NSW, Senator Andrew Bragg, NSW Ministers Mark Coure and Damien Tudehope, City of Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore who was represented by Councillor Robert Kok, NSW Leader of the Opposition Chris Minns MP who was represented by Jason Yat-Sen Li MP, Alex Greenwich MP, Jenny Leong MP, Tim James MP (represented by Jeff Li), City of Sydney Councillors William Chan, Lyndon Gannon and Shauna Jarrett, Kuring-gai Deputy Lord Mayor Barbara Ward, Councillors Nancy Liu and Kobi Shetty, Australian Human Rights Commission Race Discrimination Commissioner Chin Tan, 1996 Australian of the Year Dr John Yu AC, Chairperson Emeritus Multicutural NSW Advisory Board Dr Hari Harinath, CEO of Multicutural NSW Joseph La Posta, Acting Regional Director NSW & ACT Department of Home Affairs Hasan Sowaid, foreign consuls, and heads of investment and trade promotion centres of Hong Kong SAR, Indonesia and the Philippines.
Congratulations to the Neon Playground by Chinatown team led by Brad Chan for winning the Chamber’s 2022 Project of the Year Award, and a BIG THANK YOU to our event sponsors and supporters Multicultural NSW, Community Bank Darling Square (Bendigo Bank), Millon Wines and Axi for helping us make the evening possible and a memorable one, and also to all our raffle prize donors for their generous contribution of special prizes for the raffle and lucky draws (Community Bank, Millon Wines, Axi, Chat Thai Haymarket, Dynasty Karaoke, La Cosmetique, ARTSHINE, Mr Roses, Forcast, The Eight Restaurant, Anthony Sim Lawyers & Associates, Macarthur Camera House, VTS Lawyers).
We are also grateful to Michael West of the Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Land Council for his Welcome to Country, the Choy Lee Fut Pennant Hills lion dance troupe, our event manager Jon- Claire Lee of Sydney Talent Company for bringing us the multi-cultural performances supported by Multicultural NSW and all the wonderful performers (Jannawi Dance Clan, Ella Wu, King’s Angels Korean Dance Group, Siam Classic Dance Studio, Mackenzie Cullen Jazz Quartet), the XO Music Band, the technical crew including our sound engineer Dave Shea, photographers Michael Thompson and Michelle Haywood, Playlist Productions, greeting card and program designer Christina Siu, printer Think & Grow, the management and staff of the Eight Restaurant for their excellent banquet and service, and the management of Market City for their tremendous help and support.
Last but most certainly not least, we express our gratitude to all our members for their continuing support of the Chamber and a big thumbs up to the Executive Committee event organising and delivery team comprising of our fantastic MC’s Serena Tran and Yvonne Young, Vincent Lim, Simon Chan, Ruby Cheung, Jack Lee, Jonathan Wong, Richard Hughes, Brad Chan, Jessie Xiao, San Koh and George Wing Kee.
We look forward to seeing all of you again at next year’s Haymarket Chamber of Commerce Year of the Dragon New Year Banquet. Until then, wishing all a healthy and prosperous 2023!