Member’s Statement: Epping-Wollert Nepalese Community

Ms D’AMBROSIO (Mill Park—Minister for Energy, Minister for Environment and Climate Action, Minister for Solar Homes) (09:37): I rise to congratulate the Epping-Wollert Nepalese Community on their enormous contribution to the local community and Victoria more broadly. Last week I had the opportunity to attend the fantastic Teej Mela festival in Epping, a delightful cultural celebration dedicated to women and family. Hundreds of families were in attendance. The Epping-Wollert Nepalese Community in Mill Park provide a safe and culturally familiar space for their members. They provide a place to gather, rejoice in their achievements and celebrate their Nepalese heritage.

The Epping-Wollert Nepalese Community was founded in 2017, and their achievements in the short term are impressive. Earlier this year they organised a COVID vaccination pop-up clinic. They have also run many blood donation drives, bringing together the whole community for the benefit of all Victorians. They have also established a school for their younger members, teaching the Nepali language and traditional dancing. In addition to this they are empowering women through several education programs such as self-defence classes. These amazing achievements enable this community to build confidence to participate more actively in the wider community. I would like to thank the Epping-Wollert Nepalese Community for their hospitality during their Teej Mela festival. I would also like to congratulate president Roslina Maharjan, the rest of the leadership team and volunteers for their tireless work and valuable contribution to our local community.

Hansard Link: Epping-Wollert Nepalese Community