I would like to congratulate Sangbad Australia for presenting their English language newspaper.
As the Mayor of Rockdale I have the honour of representing one of Sydney’s most multi cultural communities. Within our city the Bangladeshi community is now our fastest growing migrant community and is making a significant contribution to our cultural diversity.
This newspaper will serve to increase the sharing of cultural experiences and promote a better understanding of Bangladeshi culture within our wider community.
By sharing cultural experiences we learn to celebrate our differences, enabling us to all work towards a better community. Australia, as a nation of migrants, is stronger as a result of our multi cultural history and the contributions of our migrant communities.
I look forward to the contribution your newspaper will make in bringing our community together and nurturing understanding and tolerance within our community.
I am excited to be in a position to build a stronger relationship with the Bangladeshi Community through your newspaper. You can rest assured I will be in contact when the Bangladesh cricket team next tours Australia!
I wish you the best of success with this fantastic community initiative and wish all our Bangladeshi community prosperity and happiness in 2014.