Victor Dominello MP
Minister for Finance, Services and Property

Chinese Garden of Friendship Advisory Committee announced

The NSW Government today appointed five members to the newly-formed Chinese Garden of Friendship advisory committee.

 The committee will meet quarterly, starting in August, to provide independent advice on the long-term planning and strategic management of the Chinese Garden of Friendship at Darling Harbour, helping to inform a 10-year plan for the site.

Minister for Finance, Services and Property Victor Dominello said the new committee brings a wealth of diverse experience across business, arts and Chinese culture.

“The Garden is one of the few authentic public Chinese gardens created outside mainland China and is a unique place of cultural and community significance,” he said.

“The composition of the committee aims to support Government with the holistic management of the Garden by ensuring there is representation from a range of relevant disciplines and communities.

“Multiculturalism is one of our greatest assets and we will consult with the committee on a number of matters in relation to the Garden including strategic management, cultural issues, and heritage.”

 Following an Expression of Interest process, the following members were appointed to the committee:

  • Mr Simon Chan - Director of Art Atrium and President of Haymarket Chamber of Commerce.
  • Ms Oi Choong – Specialist landscape architect and consultant.
  • Dr Stephen Whiteman – Lecturer in Asian Art, Sydney University and Chinese gardens specialist.
  • Mr Julian Siu –Associate at GML Heritage.
  • Ms Karen Soo – Executive officer, Haymarket Chamber of Commerce.


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