Greens grab Bhuwan

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - STATE ELECTION '17 - So­phie Moore

THE WA Greens have picked first-time can­di­date Bhuwan Khadka to run for the seat of Bel­mont.

Mr Khadka caught the eye of Greens party of­fi­cials when he vol­un­teered for their 2016 Fed­eral elec­tion cam­paign.

Ar­riv­ing in Aus­tralia from Nepal in 2008, he was a La­bor sup­porter at first.

“I knew noth­ing about the Greens ex­cept their leader was Bob Brown,” he said.

Mr Khadka then took the Vote Com­pass Quiz on ABC On­line.

“I saw I had more in com­mon with the Greens so I read their poli­cies and joined the party right away,” he said.

Mr Khadka and his wife built their first house in Bel­mont a year ago. “It has so much po­ten­tial,” he said. “When I think about Bel­mont I think about the Fo­rum – that’s the cen­tre­piece.

“The Fo­rum re­de­vel­op­ment is a great thing. But with the Air­port Link, Bel­mont will be the gate­way to the city, putting its name on the map.”

Mr Khadka said Bel­mont was very mul­ti­cul­tural but seg­re­gated.

“Prac­tis­ing your cul­ture in a for­eign coun­try is dif­fi­cult. Peo­ple are try­ing to hold on to things, so they don’t mix with each other so much,” he said.

He said the great­est con­cern for Bel­mont res­i­dents was crime.

“I sup­port a 24/7 po­lice sta­tion,” he said.

“Even if peo­ple don’t need to use it, hav­ing it open gives every­one peace of mind.”

Mr Khadka was born and raised in a small Nepalese vil­lage famed for its fruit and veg­eta­bles.

His fa­ther, a farmer, paid for his son’s ed­u­ca­tion at a local pri­vate, English­s­peak­ing school but could not af­ford to send him to univer­sity.

“I wanted to do en­gi­neer­ing so I was very dis­ap­pointed,” Mr Khadka said.

His el­der sis­ter scraped to­gether all her sav­ings to send him to Aus­tralia.

“She gave up her ed­u­ca­tion in Year 8 to look af­ter my younger sis­ter and me,” he said.

“She was like a mother fig­ure to me.”

Bhuwan Khadka: Prac­tis­ing your cul­ture can be dif­fi­cult.

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