Ms JODI McKAY ( Strathfield ) ( 15:59 ): I bring to the attention of the House the extraordinary work of Sydney Tamil Magalir Mandram, which was established in October 2016 by a group of mothers who recognised the need for a Tamil support network, particularly for women newly arrived in Australia. The group, which was originally known as Tamil Mums Connect, was established through social media platforms such as WhatsApp and Facebook. Members are encouraged to promote their small businesses as well as celebrate their shared heritage. They also provide friendship and support.
The group has grown tremendously, and now has more than 430 members on Facebook and 250 members on WhatsApp. They have established their own charity and recently raised money for families in Tamil Nadu. I acknowledge and congratulate all the women involved, particularly the committee of Vinithra Jayaraman, Anitha Subash, Ashritha Balaji and Sangeetha Eshwarappa. I love the innovation shown by these women in embracing each other through social media. I give them my full support and on behalf of this Parliament congratulate them on all they have achieved so far.