In May 2011, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed by Blacktown City Council and Liaocheng Municipal Government to construct an authentic Chinese Garden at Nurragingy Reserve Doonside. The opening of these gardens in August 2012 was a highly significant event in terms of its scope and the measure of respect of the Sister Cities partnership between the 2 cities.
A delegation from Blacktown visited Liaocheng City in September 2014 to enhance the already well-established relationships existing between the 2 cities. During this visit, a plaque was presented to Liaocheng University to commemorate the University’s 40th anniversary.
Both cities intend to foster friendship ties and economic and trade exchange. The future development of co-operation in areas of agriculture, industry, commerce, tourism, technology, sport, culture, health and education will be further encouraged.
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News and Events
2017 Lunar New Year
The 2017 Lunar New Year event was held in the Chinese Gardens at Nurragingy Reserve, Doonside on Friday, 3 February between 5.00-9.30pm. Previously known as Chinese New Year in 2014 and 2015, the event was renamed ‘Lunar’ in 2016 to reflect the wide range of Asian cultures.
Response in 2017 was fantastic with over 10,000 spectators experiencing the performances, cultural displays, myriad of stalls and the amazing fire-works display amid the stunning Chinese Garden backdrop. You can view all the entertainment from the night in a short video by simply clicking here.
2016 Chinese Flag Raising Ceremony
On 30 September 2016 Blacktown Council conducted its second Chinese flag raising ceremony in the Village Green, adjacent to the Council Administration Building. The ceremony coincided with the National Day of the People’s Republic of China. A concurrent 2-week display in the Max Webber Library complemented the ceremony.
Liaocheng No. 2 Middle School visit Blacktown Girls High School - August 2016
Blacktown Girls High School welcomed teachers and students from Liaocheng No. 2 Middle School in August 2016 as part of their Sister School partnership. Check out the photos of the visit.
Delegation visit 26-28 May 2016
Blacktown Council hosted a delegation from Liaocheng to progress the economic and trade cooperation strategies following the signing of a new Memorandum of Cooperation between both cities in November 2015.
The delegation comprised:
- Mr Zhang Xuanyu- Deputy Mayor of Liaocheng, Ms Lu Yazhen- Director, Foreign and Overseas Affairs Office of Liaocheng, Mr Liu Guoqiang- Chief of Dong’e County, Mr Li Xinge- Mayor of Linqing City, Mr Wang Tongzhang- Deputy Chief of Yanggu County and Mr Wang Lingfeng- Director, Foreign and Overseas Affairs Office of Yanggu County. Liaocheng has 8 counties (cities, districts) and a national economic development zone. The visiting officials from Dong’e County, Linqing City and Yanggu County were made most welcome.
- Five other business persons accompanied the delegation at their own expense. These included Mr Meng Xianqing, Assistant Chairman of Dong’E E-jiao Group, Mr Wang Guangling, General Manager, Dong’E AoXing Solar Energy Technology Company, Mr Dong Kun, Linqing Tianyi Breeding/Cultivation Company, Mr Zhang Dianqing, Linqing Rong Hong Feng Breeding/Cultivation Company and Mr Liu Xuejin, Chairman of Shangdong Tiandun Mining Equipment Company.
Hosted by the Mayor of Blacktown City, a unique Trilateral Business Forum was held on Friday, 27 May. The forum included the Mayor, Councillors and business representatives from Liverpool Plains Shire Council, Blacktown’s Sister City partner in northern NSW and the President and Executive members of the Greater Blacktown Business Chamber. China expert and author, Mr Leonard Yong FCPA performed the duties as master of ceremonies.
A Business Luncheon was held in Nirimba Room with special guests the Hon. Nathan Rees, CEO Western Sydney Alliance and former Premier of NSW, and the Hon. Gary Punch, former Australian politician and Government Minister. Several local business groups also attended.
The delegation inspected business enterprises during the afternoon as part of their visit.
Other highlights included:
- Visit by the Deputy Mayor and Ms Lu Yazhen with Blacktown Mayor, Cr Stephen Bali to Blacktown Girls High School. This visit enhanced the Sister School agreement between Blacktown Girls HS and Liaocheng No. 2 Middle School.
- Inspection of the Chinese Gardens at Nurragingy Reserve, Doonside.
2016 Friendship Agreement with Western Sydney Academy of Sport and Liaocheng Municipal Bureau of Sports
During the visit from 7-11 April 2016 by Mr Cheng Daohui (Director, Liaocheng Municipal Bureau of Sports), Mr Kong Deyong (Leader, Professional Sports Team, Liaocheng City) and Ms Wang Jing (Deputy Director, Office of Liaocheng Returned Overseas Chinese Association) a Friendship Agreement was signed between the Western Sydney Academy of Sports and the Liaocheng Municipal Bureau of Sports. This unique Agreement seeks to lay the foundation for the establishment of a long and fruitful partnership between the two sporting bodies. The opportunity for young sports people to participate in various programs in the future on a reciprocal basis is a key element of the relationship.
The Agreement was signed during the official breakfast hosted by Cr Stephen Bali, Mayor Blacktown City on Friday, 8 April at the ATURA Blacktown. Over 60 persons attended the breakfast with Mr Martin Bullock, CEO Western Sydney Academy of Sport and several board members present.
The visiting officials then travelled to the Central Coast to attend the NSW Regional Academy Games with over 800 athletes participating. The signing of the Friendship Agreement between the two groups was highlighted during the Opening Ceremony.
The delegation also attended triathlon clinics at the Academy Games to learn about Australian ways of pre-competition training. Input and advice from the WSAS triathletes was valued.
A big thank you to Martin Bullock and Steve Hewson from the WSAS for their support to establish this unique partnership.
Check out the photos from the visit.
Left: Mr Cheng Daohui (Director, Liaocheng Municipal Bureau of Sports) presenting gift to Mr Martin Bullock (CEO Western Sydney Academy of Sport)
Right: Mayor Blacktown City, Cr Stephen Bali (right) with Mr Martin Bullock (CEO Western Sydney Academy of Sport) and Mr Cheng Daohui (Director, Liaocheng Municipal Bureau of Sports) during the signing of the Friendship Agreement
Middle: Liaocheng delegation and translator Hong Zhang at the Opening Ceremony of the 2016 Regional Academy Games on the Central Coast, NSW
Left: Mayor, Councillors, Blacktown Council General Manager, Liaocheng delegation and WSAS representatives with special guests Mr. Lyu Guijun, Deputy Consul-General and Consuls Mr Wang Yue and Mr Li Zhi from the Consulate General of the People’s Republic of China, Sydney at the breakfast
Right: Mr Kong Deyong (Leader, Professional Sports Team, Liaocheng City) with WSAS Triathlete coach and athletes enjoying an early morning start at Toowoon Bay, Central Coast NSW
Blacktown Girls High School visit their Sister School in Liaocheng
Twenty one students from Year 8 to Year 12 and 7 teachers from Blacktown Girls High School visited Liaocheng No. 2 Middle School on 11 and 12 April 2016 during a 14 day trip to China. The group witnessed their Junior school in action as well as the senior school. Students and staff were amazed at the size of the school (10,000 students) and the number of buildings and various facilities. Overall, it was a very successful visit which allowed students to experience classrooms in a different setting and also facilitated enhanced communication between individuals without a common language. As part of the tour of the city they also visited the local government offices.
Arrangements are now progressing for Blacktown Girls High School to host twenty one 15-year old students and 8 teachers from Liaocheng No. 2 Middle School on 11 and 12 August 2016 during a visit to Australia.
Photo of the staff and students from Blacktown Girls High School in Liaocheng.
2016 Lunar New Year
The 2016 Lunar New Year event was held in the Chinese Gardens at Nurragingy Reserve, Doonside on Friday, 12 February between 5.00-9.30pm. Previously known as Chinese New Year in 2014 and 2015, the 2016 event was renamed ‘Lunar’ to reflect the wide range of Asian cultures.
The response was fantastic with over 20,000 spectators experiencing the performances, cultural displays, myriad of stalls and the amazing fire-works display amid the stunning Chinese Garden backdrop.
2015 National Sister Cities Conference
In November 2015, a 6-person delegation and 2 youth delegates from Liaocheng attended the Sister Cities Australia National Conference hosted by Blacktown. The group comprised:
- Mr Jin Weimin (Chairman, Liaocheng Municipal Committee of the Chinese People’s Consultative Conference)
- Mr Liang Zhigang (Director, Liaocheng Municipal Bureau of Commerce)
- Mr Yang Da (Director, Liaocheng Municipal Bureau of Culture, Radio, Press and Publication)
- Mr Sheng Qiang (Deputy Director, Foreign and Overseas Chinese Affairs Office of Liaocheng Municipal Government)
- Mr Li Ruolong (Headmaster. Liaocheng No. 2 Middle School)
- Mr Guo Lingfei (Section Chief, Liaocheng Municipal Bureau of Commerce)
- Miss Liu Feiyue and Miss Zhang Zhengzhan (youth delegates)
Highlights of the visit by the delegation to the National Sister Cities Conference:
Signing of a new Memorandum of Cooperation (MOC) between the two cities:
A new Memorandum of Cooperation between Blacktown and Liaocheng was signed on Monday, 9 November 2015. The new Memorandum reflects the future intentions between both cities with exchanges and cooperation in cultural and other fields. It also seeks to strengthen economic and trade cooperation.
Photos below of Mayor Stephen Bali and Mr Jin Weimin (Chairman, Liaocheng Municipal Committee of the Chinese People’s Consultative Conference) signing the new MOC
Signing of a Sister Schools agreement between Blacktown Girls High School and Liaocheng No.2 Middle School:
Prior negotiation and discussion saw the signing at the Conference on Wednesday, 11 November of the initial Sister School agreement by Peter Flowers, Principal Blacktown Girls High School and Li Ruolong, Headmaster Liaocheng No. 2 Middle School.
Above photo of Mayor Stephen Bali and Mr Jin Weimin (behind) at the signing of the historic Sister School Agreement by Li Ruolong from Liaocheng (left) and Peter Flowers from Blacktown Girls (right)
Below photos of Gift presentations: Mr Jin Weimin (left) with Councillor Charlie Lowles, Mayor Stephen Bali, Councillor Leo Kelly and Deputy Mayor Jacqueline Donaldson (right) and The delegation concluded their stay in Blacktown with a visit and presentation by Mayor Stephen Bali at the spectacular Chang Lai Gardens at Nurragingy Reserve
2015 Chinese Flag Raising Ceremony
On Wednesday, 30 September 2015 Blacktown Council conducted an inaugural Chinese flag raising ceremony in the Village Green, adjacent to the Council Administration Building. This ceremony coincided with the National Day of the People’s Republic of China.
The official party comprised the Mayor of Blacktown Councillor Stephen Bali, Councillors Russ Dickens and Walter Smith, Deputy Consul General Mdm Ying Tang (representing Consul General Li and the Chinese Consulate General), Consul Yue Wang, Vice-Consul Jiangtao Han and members of Council’s Sister Cities Committee.
A concurrent 2-week display in the Max Webber Library complemented the ceremony.
Mayor Bali read a letter of friendship from Blacktown’s Sister City, Liaocheng, Shandong Province China. Students from the Peiji Chinese School provided musical entertainment for guests and visitors during the ceremony.
The ceremony reinforced Blacktown Council’s Sister City partnership with Liaocheng City, Shandong Province that was signed in October 2003 and is consistent with similar ceremonies and library displays for Council’s other international Sister Cities partners in Korea, New Zealand and Philippines
2015 Chinese New Year Festival
Nearly 18,000 people attended the 2nd Chinese New Year Festival held on Friday, 20 February 2015 in the Chinese Gardens at Nurragingy. The evening concluded with a spectacular fire-works display. Check out the pictures!!Images below from the Chinese New Year Festival held at Nurragingy Reserve, Doonside in February 2015.