Standing with Victoria’s Chinese communities

Published: 20 February 2020

The Victorian Government yesterday launched a campaign to show support for Chinese communities.

Iconic Victorian landmarks will be lit up in red and gold, and a trade delegation sent to China, as part of the push to show solidarity with Victoria’s Chinese communities.

The 休戚与共 campaign (“Stronger Together”) has been launched to combat some of the challenges arising from the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and to urge Victorians to come together in support.

As part of the push, some of Victoria’s most important buildings – including the Arts Centre, the NGV, the Melbourne Museum, Melbourne Town Hall and Flinders Street Station – will be lit up in red and gold as a symbol of solidarity with Chinese Victorians on Friday.

Working with the Australia China Business Council, several economic roundtables will bring Chinese community leaders together to share ideas on how to revitalise local businesses and boost trade, with the outbreak already having a significant impact on the hospitality, tourism and international education sectors.

Further, the Victorian Government intends to lead a delegation of 100 Victorian businesses to China to further strengthen trade relations.

At home, the Government will also host a dinner for the Chinese community – including diplomatic, business and student leaders – paying tribute to the contributions our Chinese communities make to our state every day.

The same stories of contribution will be featured across several government digital platforms, sharing with more Victorians the profound role our Chinese communities have played in shaping our state and our nation.