The MCC for the Chinese community includes leaders from key Chinese Australian representative bodies, cultural and religious groups, and businesses. The MCC will be chaired on behalf of the Minister by Charles and Mark Coure MP, Member for Oatley.
"It is vital to have a strong and structured dialogue between the NSW Government and the Chinese Australian community in NSW, and I am very pleased that the MCC for the Chinese community will further enable that dialogue," Minister Dominello said.
"The advice of the MCC will be sought in developing policy relevant to the Citizenship and Communities portfolio, suggesting opportunities for leveraging cultural diversity for broader community benefit, and identifying areas for improvement in the delivery and communication of services to the Chinese Australian community in NSW.
"The NSW Government aims for a relationship with the local Chinese Australian community that is based on substance. The creation of MCCs, including for the Chinese community, shows we approach our multicultural communities seriously and with respect," Minister Dominello said.
Mr Coure said: "In March this year, many NSW citizens with Chinese heritage voted for Liberal or Nationals candidates because we offered them our pledge to restore quality in service delivery and infrastructure provision, regardless of where you live or what your cultural heritage is. The Chinese MCC, which I am honoured to co-chair, is part of maintaining our commitment to the Chinese Australian community."
Charles added: "The Chinese MCC is a critical component of having a serious, respectful and meaningful relationship with our local Chinese community. As co-chair, I look forward to its views and ideas, including on how to best recognise the contributions of Australians of Chinese heritage to our diverse and vibrant society."
The initial group of Ministerial Consultative Committees will be officially launched on Friday, 25 November 2011 at NSW Parliament House. Further MCCs will be formed thereafter on the community's request.