New South Wales’ Indian community will be monetarily supported to hold cultural celebrations and festivals.
NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet said in a statement that if given a next term of government, the NSW Liberals and Nationals will invest $900,000 over four years to help Indian communities celebrate major events and festivals across the state.
Mr Perrottet said:
“We believe in helping our state’s diverse communities be proud of who they are, and one of the ways we do that is by helping them celebrate their culture with everyone.”
Mohit Kumar and his wife Jennifer have been raising their two sons in the Riverstone electorate for more than 14 years.
Mohit, who has been selected as the Liberal candidate for Riverstone, says that Indian events are some of the brightest and most inviting.
Mr Kumar said:
“Indian communities are incredibly inviting to all those who want to learn and immerse themselves in Indian culture, and one way they do that is through events. The more we support communities to celebrate their diversity, the more we can help build harmony across our communities.”
Having served in the NSW Police for more than 19 years and the recipient of the National Police Service Medal (2020), National Police Medal (2020) and the NSW Police Service Medal for Ethical and Diligent Service (2018), Mohit is a firm believer in serving the community and fighting for the needs of others.
Minister for Multiculturalism Mark Coure said the Perrottet Liberal Government is proud to invest further funding for our Indian community in NSW to run festivals and events such as for major cultural celebrations like Holi and Diwali.
Mr Coure said:
“Over the past four years we have seen so many incredible events, which showcase the colour and vibrancy of the Indian community. We want to see more of that continue, and that is why we are committing to providing $225,000 a year for four years to help Indian communities host these wonderful events.”
Kingswood local, Samantha Talakola, is looking to unseat popular MP Prue Car as the Liberal party’s candidate for the seat of Londonderry.
She says the Indian community has been making an important contribution to NSW state for generations.
Ms Talakola added:
“As someone who migrated from India to Sydney because of the great opportunities and the wonderful and welcoming local community, I know how important it is to come together and celebrate our new home and our traditions.”
Samantha migrated from Southern India when she was 18 to pursue higher education in Business Management and then moved to western Sydney to start a family 10 years ago.
Liberal candidate for Parramatta, Katie Mullens, said the Indian community has grown to become an integral part of the state’s multicultural society.
Ms Mullens said:
“The Indian communities are a true reflection of our state’s multicultural society—each community brings its own diversity and vibrancy that adds to the rich mosaic of cultures we have in the Parramatta electorate and the entirety of NSW.”
Over the past four years, the NSW Liberals and Nationals invested $900,000 into Indian community groups and organisations to host events and festivals throughout the state.