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Thursday, 4 April 2019
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Mr HOGAN (PageDeputy Speaker) (13:30): The northern beaches of Coffs Harbour are blessed in many ways, not least because of the significant Sikh population that lives there. Two significant events are happening soon. One is this Sunday. The First Sikh gurdwara will be holding an opening ceremony of its new building. It has the honour of being the first Sikh temple in Australia, and I want to congratulate the committee who have organised this new building: to Nirmal Singh Kandola, to Joginder Singh Garcha, to Ashley Dilbar Singh More, to Balhar Singh Maan, to Amardeep Singh, to Hardeep Singh Aujala, to Paramjit Singh Sandhu, to Manjinder Singh Bajwa, to Swaran Singh Dhaliwal and to Ricky Singh Bajwa.

Members of the second temple, Guru Nanak Sikh Temple, opened in 1970, will soon open the Sikh Heritage Museum of Australia. It will share the history and the beliefs and customs of the Sikh religion to the many tourists who visit our region. I want to congratulate the committee of the Guru Nanak Sikh Temple for this achievement: to the President, Jinderpal Singh Rai; and to the members Bhupinder Singh Lalli, Malkit Singh Husna, Sulakhan Singh Shetra, Jaspal Singh Ghuman and Gurtake Singh Bhorla. I want to congratulate the whole Sikh community, and I am looking forward to Sunday's event.