We can all stand together
SAYS AUSTRALIA DAY ENVOY
BLACKTOWN’S new Australia Day ambassador Kumud Merani’s message is simple: “Stand together and embrace multiculturalism.”
The SBS radio producer said she was thrilled to be a part of Blacktown’s celebrations as it was one of the most multicultural areas in Australia.
“I’m a migrant who came here 30 years ago from India because Australia is a place where you could get a fair go,” she said.
“In my role, it’s all about helping people assimilate into society and give them the tools so they are able to work hard.
“Australia is such a beautiful, peaceful and fair country. We should be united and stand together and embrace our multicultural society because we are so lucky.”
The Eastwood resident praised Blacktown’s vibrant and dynamic culture.
“Blacktown is such a colourfully vibrant place to be,” she said.
“I come here to shop at the quaint little stores and I just love to see the empathy and camaraderie between people here.
“In the city, everyone is always so busy and don’t often look to help out one other but you’ll find that people in Blacktown are willing to help each other out.
“It’s really lovely to see such a thriving area that is so empathetic.”
The ambassador honour isn’t a first for Mrs Merani; she served as the Australia Day ambassador for Bankstown and Ashfield in 2014 and 2015 respectively.
The January 26 event will be a far cry from Mrs Merani’s usual Australia Day celebrations; firing up the barbecue to have a great meal with friends while also paying tribute to India’s Republic Day.
SBS Producer Kumud Merani is Blacktown’s Australia Day Ambassador.