Chi­nese New Year for our Air­lie Beach com­mu­nity

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS - By Sharon Small­wood

HIS Chi­na­town de­vel­op­ment may have fallen down around the coun­cil ta­ble but Peter “Ray­mond” Wang is not let­ting that de­tract from Chi­nese New Year cel­e­bra­tions for Air­lie Beach.

Just as he did last year, Mr Wang is spon­sor­ing a fire­works dis­play on the Air­lie Beach fore­shore for the Whit­sun­day com­mu­nity to en­joy, this Satur­day, Fe­bru­ary 20.

Mark Beale, who is pres­i­dent of the Whit­sun­day branch of Mr Wang’s China Aus­tralia En­trepreneurs As­so­ci­a­tion, said the fire­works would be in the usual spot at about 8.30pm “so it’s not too late for the kids”.

Mr Beale said prepa­ra­tions were also un­der­way for a Chi­nese dragon dis­play, al­though de­tails were not yet fi­nalised.

Mr Wang will be host­ing an ini­ti­a­tion only din­ner for about 40 peo­ple at Air­lie’s Toscana Re­sort, also on Satur­day night.

Mr Beale said it was gen­er­ous of Mr Wang to be fund­ing th­ese fes­tiv­i­ties once again, par­tic­u­larly con­sid­er­ing his po­si­tion over Chi­na­town.

“It shows his com­mu­nity spirit and gen­uine fond­ness for the area and the peo­ple,” he said. For more in­for­ma­tion see the Times web­site.

FES­TIVE: The lion dancers proved pop­u­lar among on­look­ers at the Air­lie Beach fore­shore for the 2015 Chi­nese New Year.

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