“What an exciting day! This is the second year we are lighting up the Opera House. Many Indian community members have chosen New South Wales as their home. Our bonds are getting stronger and the relations between Australia and India are growing stronger and stronger through NSW. Lighting up symbolises win of good over evil, light over darkness and a great recognition of the contribution of the Indian community in NSW which we want to show to the entire world. It is very important moment we want to proudly share” said the NSW Premier Mike Baird signalling the lighting up of the world renowned Sydney Opera House for the great Indian Festival of Diwali on Thursday 12th of November from the Hickson’s Reserve at the Rocks.
“It is extremely important and signifies the great feeling of love the Government of NSW has for the 130,000 members of the Indian community living in NSW. This is the second year of the Sydney Opera House lighting up for Diwali and I am confident that this tradition will be continued over the years. I extend my Diwali Greetings to all members of the Indian community and the Indian Telegraph. It is important that we all come together to celebrate such great occasions” said Consul General of India Mr. Sunjay Sudhir.
“Happy Diwali. What a wonderful day to celebrate Diwali with lighting up of the Opera House. It is a great recognition of the Government for the very clear and great contribution by the Indian community in NSW. Sydney is the most multicultural city Sydney not only in Australia but also in the world “said Mr. John Ajaka, NSW Minister for Multiculturalism welcoming the guests and the media.
“Happy Diwali to the Indian community. The lighting up of the Opera House also symbolises the great harmony of the community in NSW and this is a great occasion” said Dr. Harinath, Chair of the Multicultural NSW.
Mr. Nihal Gupta, Chairman of SBS, Parliamentary Secretary Dr. Geoff Lee also graced the occasion.