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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2015 Week 6 Hansard (13 May) . .

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The Nepal earthquake relief coordination team was formed and comprises Dr Binod Nepal, President of the Australia Nepal Friendship Society; Dr Sita Ram Ghimire, President, NRNA ACT/Queanbeyan; Mr Keshav Goutam, President, ANU Nepalese Student Association; Mr Chudamani Sapkota, President, Canberra Nepalese Football Club; Mr Bikram Subedi, Vice-President, Australia Nepal Friendship Society; Mr Bivek Palikhey, Secretary, Australia Nepal Friendship Society; Mr Yubaraj Khaniya, Secretary, NRNA ACT/Queanbeyan; Mr Abhinaya Rana, Secretary, Canberra Nepalese Football Club; Ms Savitri Gurung, Secretary, ANU Nepalese Student Association; Mr Avishesh Shrestha, Secretary, Community Collective Bargaining, CCB; Mr Jeevan Rana, Treasurer, Australia Nepal Friendship Society; along with Dr Krishna Hamal, ex-president and adviser, Australia Nepal Friendship Society and Dr Durga Kandel, ex-president and adviser, Australia Nepal Friendship Society and Founding Director of Community Collective Bargaining.

There are also a number of Nepalese community volunteers: Mr Kumar KC, Mr Raju Adhikrai, Mr Tenji Sherpa, Mr Surya Maharjan, Mr Srijan Munankarmi, Mr Sudeep Acharya, Mr Krishna Subedi, Ms Anupama Mahat, Dr Keshav Bhattari and Ms Punam Panta.

The Canberra volunteers already in Nepal are Mr Suddep Chhetri, Ms Suni Karki and Mr Ishwor Karki. Mr Adarsh Jung Pande and Ms Srijana Basnet are leaving for Nepal from Canberra this week.

They have raised about $40,000 so far and have distributed relief packages in five districts: Gorkha, 200 tents, plus food and an additional $10,000 for locally produced ABARI shelter tents; Dhading, 500 tents and plastic mattresses and food; Kavre, 65 tents and 65 blankets and food for 65 families; Rasuwa, 100 tents and food; and Nuwakot, 110 tents and food. There have also been medication, sleeping bags, blankets and tents collected in Canberra to be dispatched to Nepal soon.

We commend all the people who have taken part in all this work. Dr Durga Kandel asked that we pass on everyone's thanks to the Canberra community that has supported their activities so well. There have been a number of fundraisers which have been well supported by the people of Canberra, including one held last Sunday, 10 May, by Australia-China Youth Cooperation in collaboration with the Red Cross. Mr Sam Wong, Chair of the Australian Red Cross ACT Division, informed us that the event raised over $10,000 to add to the Australian Red Cross Nepal region earthquake appeal.

There have been a number of supporters and sponsors: the Australia Nepal Friendship Society; Community Collective Bargaining, CCB; the Blu Ginger Indian Restaurant, Civic; Chomulungma Nepalese Restaurant; Annapurna Cafe, Belconnen; and NRNA ACT/Queanbeyan. For all of their support, we thank them. (Time expired.)

Question resolved in the affirmative.

The Assembly adjourned at 6.24 pm.


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