The new owner of Kenmore Xiao Liang Wen, spoke in Goulburn on April 18.
I am wanting to bring people to Goulburn - for accommodation and commercial activities
Mr Xiao said his plans for ‘Kenmore Gardens’ were to initially provide accommodation services.
“Goulburn does not have a huge population, so I am wanting to bring people to Goulburn - for accommodation and commercial activities,” Mr Xiao said.
“To bring people in, we will need to have accommodation and commercial interests and jobs in place.”
He did not elaborate on this, other than to say he intended to work to the heritage constraints that the former Kenmore Psychiatric Hospital poses.
“I intend to maintain the heritage of the place,” he said.
He said the recently signed free trade agreement between Australia and China would mean closer ties between the two countries.
“It will promote economic and cultural exchange between the two countries,” he said.
He said he would be meeting with Goulburn Mulwaree Council soon to lodge plans ( a DA) for his development.
He has already met with Mayor Bob Kirk at the Sydney Royal Easter Show recently, when Mr Xiiao approached the Goulburn stall.
“We had a lengthy conversation about a number of matters,” Cr Kirk said.
“As a result of that meeting, I invited Mr Xiao to speak with me further and I propose to drive him around Goulburn soon and explain various aspects of the city.
“I also want to explain to him other proposed developments happening nearby Kenmore, such as the Wollondilly Gardens Estate and the plans for a residential subdivision around the former St Joseph’s House of Prayer.”
Mr Xiao is the director of Australia China International Pty Ltd and an adviser to the Australia Nan Tien Institute.
Australia China International is involved in various businesses in Australia in fields as diverse as hotel services, Chinese medicine, Buddhist studies, martial arts, vocational training, nutritional therapy, health farms, worship houses, brands outlets, cultural shows and retirement living
Mr Xiao was speaking at the Lions Club of Goulburn City at the Goulburn Soldiers Club on April 18. He pledged a shipping container of warm clothes as a gift to the city, to be distributed by the Lions Club of Goulburn City to local charities.
On the night, Mr Xiao briefly introduced himself as a former deputy general manager of district 380 of Shenzhen Lions Club, as well as being a founding member of Shenzhen, Lonhchen Lions Club. He is also the honorary president of Shenzhen Chamber of Commerce. The city of Shenzhen has over 12 million people.
He said the Shenzhen Lions Club was established 2002 and now has 130 sub-clubs, with over 5100 members. In that time, Lions have raised over $556 million Chinese Yen for social welfare and humanitarian projects.
“We have restored sight for 40,000 people for cataract operations and we have built over 50 Lions’ schools and we have also supported lots of disaster relief activities - the benefits have reached over 15 million people,” Mr Xiao said.