Member for Bendigo Lisa Chesters and Labor Senate candidate for Victoria Jennifer Yang will today announce a Shorten Labor Government will commit funding for Bendigo’s Sun Loong restoration and the purchase of a new imperial dragon.
Sun Loong is the world’s longest Chinese imperial dragon and is a critical element of the Bendigo Easter Festival. Each year Sun Loong is the major highlight of the Festival’s gala street parade with generations of local families and visitors lining the streets each and every year.
“Today I am very proud to stand alongside Jennifer and announce this funding commitment of $400,000 for the Golden Dragon Museum and the Bendigo community,” Ms Chesters said.
“This funding will help revive Bendigo’s much loved Chinese imperial dragon, Sun Loong.
“It will be directed to the Golden Dragon Museum, which houses and cares for Bendigo’s imperial dragons, to restore Sun Loong before he retires and to help purchase a new dragon.”
Labor Senate candidate for Victoria Jennifer Yang congratulated Lisa Chesters on her ongoing advocacy and commitment to preserve and promote multiculturalism and cultural diversity in Bendigo.
“Sun Loong has a special place in the Australian-Chinese community. The Australian-Chinese community have made an important contribution to the growth and development of Bendigo,” Ms Yang said.
“It is very pleasing to see Labor recognise this and commit to strengthening Chinese culture and tradition in Bendigo.
“As an active community leader in the Australian-Chinese community, I believe it is important for both the Australian-Chinese and wider Australian community to learn about Bendigo’s rich cultural history and diversity.
“Labor is committed to advancing multiculturalism in Australia and this funding will ensure the contribution of the Chinese-Australian community continues to be shared and celebrated in Bendigo.”