Samoa opens new consulate

HE TRAVELLED a fair distance to get here, but Samoan Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Lupesoliai Sailele Malielegaoi, said there was no city in Australia better-suited to host the second Samoan consulate.

In the presence of Liverpool Mayor, Ned Mannoun, the Samoan PM opened the Scott Street premises on Friday to help Samoans living in Australia deal with diplomatic and foreign affairs matters.

He said the original consulate in the ACT proved inaccessible for some members of the Samoan community, but the Liverpool site would provide a convenient location in the heart of a growing Samoan population.

"When choosing an area for our new consulate, my advisors told me that Liverpool was the most beautiful city in NSW," he said.

"They told me that the mayor here was a man of action who will direct Liverpool to become an even greater city."

Mr Malielegaoi said the national population of Samoans living in Australia was greater than 40,000, and a large percentage of those lived in Liverpool and the surrounding south-western suburbs of Sydney.

"The information I was given is that most Samoans live within this prospective area or within a short distance of this area," he said.

"And that led to a real and genuine urgency to this central area being selected for our second consulate.

"Liverpool is a convenient location for our people and will now be a gateway into and out of this state.

"I truly believe there is no better place for our consulate."

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