Bengali New Year Festival given a funding of $10,000 by the NSW government

Premier Gladys Berejiklian, Minister for Multiculturalism, Ray Williams and Member for Oatley, Mark Coure announced $10,000 funding for the Bengali New Year Festival held last weekend.

More than 30,000 people attended the New Year celebrations in Homebush over the weekend. Mr Coure persistently campaigned for funding from the NSW Government and was pleased to secure it for the Festival.

“Since 1993, The Bangabandhu Council of Australia has contributed so much to the growing Bengali community in my electorate and broader Sydney,” Mr Coure said.

“I’m proud to have secured this funding for the organisation to share their culture with the broader NSW community and promote harmony.”

Mr Williams wished the NSW Bengali community a very happy New Year.

“The Liberal & National Government is proud to support the Bengali New Year Festival and recognises the important work of the Bangabandhu Council of Australia,” Mr Williams said.

“The Bengali community continues to grow in NSW, with an increase of more than 40 per cent of people born in Bangladesh since 2011.”

President of Bangabandhu Council Australia, Mr Sheikh Shamimul Huque, said the Council was pleased to receive funding from the NSW Government.

“We’re very grateful for the NSW Government support of the Festival,” Mr Huque said.

“It’s the biggest celebration of Bengali New Year in the country. People from all over Australia travelled to ANZ Stadium at Sydney Olympic Park to celebrate together this weekend.”

Boishakhi Mela is the first day of the first month of the Bengali calendar and is widely celebrated across Bangladesh and the Indian sub-continent.

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