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Victor Dominello MP
Minister for Finance, Services and Property

NSW Government establishes Chinese Garden of Friendship advisory committee

The NSW Government will establish an advisory committee to guide the long-term vision of one of Sydney’s most culturally significant sites, the Chinese Garden of Friendship at Darling Harbour.

The Committee will provide independent advice on the long-term planning and strategic management of the Garden, helping to inform a 10-year plan for the site.

“The Chinese Garden of Friendship, which opened in 1988 for the bicentenary, is an important cultural and leisure site for both the local Chinese community and international visitors,” Minister for Finance, Services and Property Victor Dominello said.

“The Committee will be tasked with providing advice regarding future use of the one-hectare site including preservation of its heritage and cultural significance and enhancement of its use.

“It is imperative that any plans for the site reflect community sentiments and that’s why the Government is taking a collaborative approach, engaging relevant industry experts and community representatives to have their say.”

The Government will conduct an Expression of Interest process to appoint members to the Committee.

The Committee will consist of up to nine members with qualifications and skills in the areas of Chinese arts and culture; Chinese horticulture and garden design; heritage and conservation; education, tourism and hospitality; and business and commerce.

The Garden is of great importance to the Chinese community who initiated and helped to build it as a symbol of enduring friendship between Sydney and Guangzhou in Guangdong Province, China.

Information on how to apply for the Committee will be available soon at www.boards.dpc.nsw.gov.au.