NSW Minister for Citizenship and Communities Victor Dominello paid tribute at a memorial altar set up at the Korean Consulate-General Sydney
His condolences visit was joined by the other delegation representing the key Korean communities, Member for Hornsby Matt Kean and Member for Strathfield Charles Casuscelli; and the Chairman of the National Unification Advisory Council Australia Susan Lee and her executive committee members.
They were greeted by the Consul-General Mr Whie-jin Lee for their respect to the victims and their families.
The NSW parliamentarians signed a condolence book for the families of the victims of last month’s South Korean ferry disaster which has claimed the lives of more than 260.
Mr Dominello said, “I extend my deepest sympathies to the hundreds of South Korean families who have endured the terrible loss of their loved ones, many of whom were young children.
“We also pray for the many people still waiting desperately for information about the fate of family members who were on board the MV Sewol which sunk on 16 April.
“South Korea is a close friend and its people are known for their generosity and kindness of spirit.
“The Korean community has given strong support to Australia in its hour of need, especially during the Queensland floods in 2010 and 2011 and the Victorian Bushfires in 2009.”
He also said, “NSW is proudly home to vibrant Korean Australian community, including over 40,000 South Korean born residents, who have always contributed strongly as volunteers and through charitable causes, including last October’s bushfires.”
Mr Kean said, “NSW has established an enduring bond with South Korea through migration, trade and cultural exchanges.
“NSW stands in support of the South Korean people as they try to recover from a national tragedy which has claimed hundreds of lives, including many young children.”
Mr Casuscelli, whose electorate of Strathfield has a large Korean community, also expressed his condolences, “Our heartfelt sympathies go out to the South Korean people and our prayers are with them at this time.”
Following the signing of the condolence book, white roses were placed on the memorial at South Korean Consul-General’s office in Sydney and one minute of silence was observed.
NSW Minister for Citizenship and Communities Victor Dominello along with Member for Hornsby Matt Kean, Member for Strathfield Charles Casuscelli and the Chairman of the National Unification Advisory Council, Australia Susan Lee pays tribute at a memorial altar set up at the Consulate-General Sydney. The far left is Harnsle Joo, Mr Victor Dominellos’ electorate office staff.