DELIVERED IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
I rise to congratulate the Wentworthville Tamil Study Centre on their annual festival of the arts, also known as Kalai Vizha, held recently in Blacktown, which I had the pleasure of attending. Now in its 31st year, the festival is an amazing celebration of traditional Tamil art forms and an opportunity to showcase the immense talents of the many students enrolled at the centre. Since its inception in 1988, the centre has helped to preserve Tamil culture by educating young Australians in language, dance, music and literature. The centre is one of the largest language schools in New South Wales, with around 800 enrolled students. The passionate staff, students, volunteers and parents who comprise the school community ensure that all Australians can experience and celebrate this beautiful ancient culture. It is truly a privilege to represent such a vibrant community in Western Sydney, including our local Tamil community. The centre's efforts are a unique expression of one of the world's oldest living cultures. It was a humbling experience to enjoy the warm hospitality of the local Tamil community yet again. Congratulations to all involved in the organisation of this year's festival of the arts. It was a great success and a very entertaining afternoon. Vanakkam!