Firecrackers and Dragons in Cairns this week
Celebrations for the 2014 Chinese New Year – Year of the Horse are well underway. The official launch of Chinese New Year celebrations in Cairns was held on Tuesday this week at the Reef Hotel Casino. Throughout the week of celebrations Cairns is expecting some 20,000 Chinese visitors in the region.
Cairns Police have greatly enhanced the ability to engage with the community, in particular with Chinese visitors, with the deployment of two Chinese speaking officers from Brisbane to work with local Chinese Police Liaison Officer (PLO) Pepsi Li.
Acting Sergeant Billy Li and Senior PLO Ken Rong from Brisbane, will be in Cairns until Monday 3 February 2014 to work with PLO Pepsi Li. While their primary focus will be engaging with the large numbers of Chinese visitors in Cairns, they will also be travelling to the Cassowary Coast and Tablelands areas to visit farms to engage with international visitors on working visas.
All three Chinese officers can speak both Cantonese and Mandarin and they will promote crime prevention and personal safety strategies to the community, especially Chinese visitors.
PLO Pepsi Li has been actively involved in promoting these important messages by providing training to Chinese tour guides, who can pass this information on to Chinese visitors.
PLO Li has also developed a personal safety information sheet has been developed in Chinese, which will be distributed throughout the Cairns area.
Japanese PLO Keiko Berry has been working closely with the Chinese officers.
More information regarding the Chinese New Year celebrations can be found at: cairnschinesenewyear.org
CHANGED ROAD CONDITIONS: Saturday February 1, will see changed road conditions on Grafton Street between Spence and Shields Streets for the Cairns Chinese New Year Street Festival from 5:00am Saturday, February 1 and 11am on Sunday February 2.
Locals are advised that these changed road conditions will see Shields Street between Lake Street and Sherdian Streets closed to all vehiclular traffic apart from authorised and emergency service vehicles from 5am Saturday February 1 and 11am on Sunday February 2.
Grafton Street between Shields and Spence Streets will be temporarily closed at the intersection of Shields Street for south bound traffic and Grafton Street at the entrance of Rydges for north bound traffic which will allow access to the Rydges driveway for guests.
A temporary taxi rank will be moved to Grafton Street, north of Shields Street.