The Australian Nepalese Multicultural Centre (ANMC) Annual General Meeting (AGM) was held on the 25th of November, where the organisation presented its annual report and led a panel discussion with the site selection committee. ANMC President Chandra Deepak Pokharel outlined major activities and achievements of the past year. In addition, he expressed his appreciation to all his team members who’d worked tirelessly to make this dream project a success.
ANMC Treasurer, Gopal Pokharel presented the annual financial report prepared for 2018. According to the report, funds collected in 2017 were $1.19 million plus whereas the current funds, both released and pending, is approximated to be $1.4 million. On behalf of the site selection committee, Mr. Rajesh Acharya gave a presentation on the committee’s formation and their journey so far. In the question answer round with the ANMC team, the attending members asked questions expressing their dissatisfaction on the ongoing issues that remain unresolved and concern over the pending release of result. However, there also were some healthy feedbacks, suggestions and best possible solutions from some attendees. The team also presented an amended constitution, to which the members have been advised to review and vote on in the next meeting.
The program was hosted by the secretary of ANMC Narayan Kafle and the Q&A round was moderated by Sunil Bhandari.
Hon. Consul General for Nepal to Victoria Chandra Yonzon thanked all the ANMC members for their hard work and also encouraged all to be courageous and diligent in their pursuit. He also requested all members to be united and to disregard politics while working in the team as the community centre is our collective dream and we all dearly want to see it come true.
Now 1150 members strong, ANMC was established to operate a Nepali community centre in Victoria; to celebrate Nepalese heritage and culture and to integrate it into the mosaic of multicultural Australian society. It has organised many events in the past like the Melbourne Saptaha and is currently searching for a suitable land to establish a Nepali community centre which will feature famous landmarks like Pashupati Temple & Boudha Gumba.