Ms JODI McKAY ( Strathfield ) ( 13:35 ): I bring to the attention of the House the Bangabandhu Council Australia and its Bengali New Year festival, Boishakhi Mela. The festival has been held since 1993 and started as a small community event in the grounds of Burwood Girls High School. In 2006 the festival moved to Sydney Olympic Park. This year the event was held at ANZ Stadium and is the first such cultural event ever held at Sydney's iconic stadium. The festival is the largest celebration of Bengali New Year outside Bangladesh. Approximately 30,000 people attended the festival. It was possible only because of the dedication and hard work of the Bangabandhu Council Australia. I particularly recognise and thank president Sheikh Huque, vice president Jamal Uddin, general secretary Tushar Roy, treasurer Mahedee Rob, and secretaries Faisal Hossain, Surajit Roy and Abdul Bhuiyan.