Ms JO HAYLEN (Summer Hill)—Inner West Council and the Geographical Names Board have renamed a prominent section of Petersham, "Little Portugal," acknowledging the enduring contribution of the Portuguese community to the inner west and Sydney.
Now, when you walk down New Canterbury Rd and Audley Street, you will be visiting Little Portugal, no doubt welcomed by a stunning Portuguese mural or tempted by the world's best Portuguese tarts and flame grilled chicken.
This strip has been affectionately known for decades as Little Portugal and its place as the heart of the Portuguese community in Sydney is now official.
Petersham is home to the largest community of Portuguese Australians in the country, and is home to the annual Bairro Portugues hosted by the Inner West Council, which brings together the very best of Portuguese culture.
I also acknowledge the commitment of the Consul General of Portugal, Paulo Miguel Guedes Domingues, as well as the Sydney Portugal Community Club and Madeira Club in supporting the Portuguese diaspora in NSW and for fostering and celebrating Portuguese culture across our State.
I congratulate Inner West Council, Petersham residents and all Portuguese Australians who call the inner west home on this remarkable milestone.