COMMUNITY RECOGNITION STATEMENT - Billabongs Restaurant
Ms JENNY AITCHISON (Maitland) (18:27): For many years now, Maitland has ushered in the Lunar New Year at Billabongs Restaurant at the East Maitland Bowling Club. Over the past 25 years, Jimmy, Anny, Jason, Wilson, Ly and Jenny have brought Chinese dragons and drummer troupes up from Sydney and Jimmy has even performed martial arts to celebrate the Lunar New Year, giving out red envelopes to everyone. This was a welcome addition to Maitland's cultural scene and will be greatly missed.
Billabongs worked hard to change its business model over the past 12 months and continued to share its generosity with those less fortunate in our community, initiating a pay-it-forward program where people could purchase a bill for others in need. Sadly, in December 2020 Jimmy, his family and the team bade farewell to their many loyal customers. They now look at ways to reinvent themselves in a post-COVID environment. We thank them for making our community a richer, more colourful, more generous and more tasty place in over 25 years in business. Gong hey fat choy. I wish them a happy Lunar New Year.