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Chinese New Year celebrations for Airlie Beach

By Mark Beale

Whitsunday Regional Council and Whitsunday Marketing Development Limited are coordinating Chinese New Year celebrations sponsored by Whitsunday Chinatown Investment Pty. Ltd and International Student Entrepreneurship Capital Pty. Ltd.

Mayor Jenny Whitney said on the 21st February there will be a free community fireworks display, lion dance, firecrackers and Chinese lanterns to celebrate the year of the sheep at Airlie Foreshore.

“The Chinese New Year celebrations are being sponsored by Whitsunday Chinatown Investments Pty. Ltd as a way of building the community relationship between the Whitsunday region and China,” she said.

“The celebrations are a great opportunity for the local community to experience a little taste of Chinese culture on their biggest celebration day of the year.

The lion dance will start at the Esplanade end of Airlie Beach Main Street at 5.30pm and proceed along the Esplanade to the beach where firecrackers will be let off and lanterns will be on display.

“The fireworks will start at 6.30pm in the usual location on the Airlie Foreshore.

“Council hopes the local community will enjoy this unique Chinese New Year celebration,” she said.

Chair of Whitsunday Marketing and Development Limited (WMDL) Jim Elder welcomed the initiative and on-going commitment from Mr Raymond Wang to the Whitsundays community.

“It is a great way to reaffirm the strong partnership between the Whitsunday region and China and I am sure that the celebrations are a great attraction for locals and visitors alike,” he said.

Mr Raymond Wang President of the Whitsunday Chinatown Investment Pty. Ltd and International Student Entrepreneurship Capital Pty. Ltd is pleased to sponsor the celebrations and said Chinese New Year is about renewal and a new environment.

“This Chinese New Year also signifies a new deep relationship and friendship between the

Whitsunday region and China,” Mr Wang said.

“In 2015, we will start the Airlie Beach Chinatown project which will attract many international tourists and investors to the region.

“With the support of the Whitsunday Regional Council and Whitsunday Marketing and Development we look forward to these new developments and the strengthening relationship between the Whitsunday region and China, which will grow in 2015.

“We are looking forward to a more prosperous Whitsunday region in 2015,” he said.

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