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As the President of the Khmer Community of NSW Inc, it is with great honour and pride that I present the 2015 annual report covering our activities from January 2015 to December 2015.


Khmer Community of NSW Inc. is a nonprofit organization established since 1975. It is recognized by government and non-government organizations in representing, assisting and benefitting Khmer people living in New South Wales.

 

Our vision of working and uniting with other Khmer organizations in serving the Khmer community and our commitment in building a strong and professional team and supporters have produced the desired outcomes. Our management committee, staff and supporters have been working together in developing and implementing programs and projects to serve the needs of the community effectively and efficiently.

It has been a very busy and satisfying year for us and I would like to thank my Central Management team members and staff for their great dedication, time and efforts. Central Management team members: Samath Kheuv (Vice President), Saroeun Keo (Vice President), Eric Tjoeng (General Secretary, Public Officer and Advisor), Samorn  Chim (Treasurer), Peter Linegar, Min Toeum, Vichet Chea, Pich Sambo Chhour, Sophea Lim, Chanty Phan, Kosal Elkassaa and passed Central Management team member Virak Um.

 

We have fulfilled our objectives by providing much needed services for the Khmer Community of NSW. This is evidenced by the outcome of our work, positive support and comment from community leaders, funding organizations, government and non government leaders, and very importantly by the Khmer community members themselves.

 

These much needed services include:

 

  • Settlement Grants Program

This program provides assistant to newly Khmer arrivals, who face obstacles in their resettlement issues in Australia.

 

Ms. Sophea Jones, our SGP worker funded by The Department of Social Services providing this service through effective consultations, and information sessions.

 

I am pleased that we are one of the very few communities still receiving funding in this area, due to the Central Management Committee great effort.



  • 2GLF Khmer Community Radio

Khmer community radio (frequency 89.3FM, 2GLF), based in Liverpool station, has played an important role in broadcasting useful information in Khmer language for more than ten years.

 

Khmer radio program  broadcast time is every Thursday afternoon from 6pm to 7pm. Mr. Vicheth Chea, Mr Savuth Men and Ms. Sophea Jones are the current broadcasters.

 

  • Development and sharing of our culture

Through Khmer Angkor Traditional Music and Dance Group lead by Mr. Toeum Min, the Art, Dance and Cultural Co-ordinator with great support from our Dance Teacher Mr Kittikun Chan and Assistance Dance Co-ordinator - Kosal Elkassaa. have performed several live performances in important events such as the Khmer New Year, Pchum Ben, and other  events with outstanding feedback regarding our great art and culture.

 

We have been successful in obtaining additional funding for our community programs and services which benefit the Khmer community greatly, including:

  • Refugee Week Funding from the Fairfield City Council

  • White Ribbon Day Funding from the Fairfield City Council

 

We  have involved with a number of meaningful community events such as cultural & community activities, and fund raising.

 

These meaningful community events include:

 

1. Khmer New Year and Pchum Ben

In partnership with the Cambodian Buddhist Society of NSW Inc, we celebrated our New Year on the 11th April 2015 and Pchum Ben on the 10th October 2015 at Wat Kamerangsaram.

 

These events were well attended by federal, state and local MPs, community leaders, honoured guests, management committees & staff, members, supporters and friends. We have received many positive comments and commendations from attendees.

2. Various community fund raising events

We have been honoured by the invitation to participate in various community fundraising events by Khmer community organisations and other organisations throughout the year as a way of giving something back to the community, as well as a means to support each other.

 

3. Khmer Community of NSW Inc. fundraising function.

We had our fund raising event in  1 August 2015 held at Golden Star Restaurant.  We provided great entertainment and enjoyment to the community with good feedback.. Special thanks to vice President Samath Kheuv, our management team and volunteers for making the event a memorable one.

 

4 Various Round Table and Community Functions

It has been an honour for the Khmer Community of NSW Inc. to be invited to the various important Round Table functions and community functions, and I have attended the event and represented the Khmer community accordingly, including the Refugee Week, the White Ribbon Day, Cabramatta Community Safety Precinct Committee and Cabramatta Police Community Meetings.

 

5. Refugee Week and White Ribbon Day

We have participated in the Refugee Week   in June 2015 and White Ribbon Day event in November 2015. We had organised workshops and our stall to promote our services to the Khmer community.



I would like to conclude by expressing my thanks to the Department of Social Services, the Fairfield City Council, all the volunteers who have given up their precious time to help prepare and run the 2GLF Khmer Community Radio, fund raising events and all other the important occasions, also to Federal, State and Local MPs, our Mayor Frank Carbone, Khmer and other community leaders, KC Management Committee, members, staff, and supporters for all their help and assistance throughout the year.



Wishing you all the best in 2016

 

Lina Tjoeng

President

Khmer Community of NSW Inc.

5 December 2015