New year party, in Chi­nese style

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

A GROUP of lo­cal Chi­nese en­trepreneurs met with com­mu­nity rep­re­sen­ta­tives from Whit­sun­day Re­gional Coun­cil, TAFE North, the Whit­sun­day Coast Air­port and the Cham­ber of Com­merce for a spe­cial Chi­nese New Year din­ner at the lo­cal TAFE cam­pus on Thurs­day night.

Man­ager of strate­gic ac­counts for TAFE North Paul Clark said the din­ner was the per­fect op­por­tu­nity to bring to­gether in­vestors in­ter­ested in the re­gion, and to show­case the tal­ents and abil­i­ties of TAFE North stu­dents.

TAFE stu­dents pre­pared a de­li­cious feast for the event, show­cas­ing the qual­ity of lo­cal pro­duce and mod­ern Aus­tralian cui­sine.

Items such as na­tive spiced barramundi and Bowen mango with lemon­grass cheese­cake fea­tured on the spe­cial menu, high­light­ing the qual­ity lo­cal pro­duce.

“The din­ner in essence was part of TAFE’s ef­forts to show­case our tal­ents and abil­i­ties to in­vestors in­ter­ested in the re­gion,” Mr Clark said.

“Our guests were from all over the place, in­clud­ing the CEO of Day­dream Is­land, Scott Wilkinson, pres­i­dent of E-Cheng, Mr Dixon Xie, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of Full­share, Mr Yi Yu and Mr Ray­mond Wang of the Chi­na­town de­vel­op­ment and pres­i­dent of CAEAI.

“We also had Whit­sun­day Re­gional Coun­cil rep­re­sen­ta­tives in­clud­ing Mayor Jenny Whit­ney, Cr Jan Clifford and CEO of the Whit­sun­day Coast Air­port Scott Wa­ters.

“All the meals were made by lo­cal TAFE stu­dents with lo­cal fresh pro­duce.

“The evening was an ush­er­ing in of the Year of the Mon­key, and the be­gin­ning of the Chi­nese New Year.”

Photo: Kathryn Cy­gan

CHI­NESE NEW YEAR: All the guests at the Chi­nese New Year din­ner at TAFE.

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