The UIA executive committee worked tirelessly to put together another successful event for the
community and their efforts were rewarded with rain staying away despite all weather reports
predicting a washout.
The executive committee pondered calling off the event and postponing the Fair but the major
sponsor Waugh Global Realty’s Managing Director Mr. Dean Honan and it’s chairman cricket
Legend Steve Waugh bolstered their spirit and good faith won the day.
UIA has been serving the community for more than 21 years promoting cultural diversity and
building harmonious relationships.
UIA’s flagship event is much awaited by the community who look forward to the bouquet of
excellent cultural performances, mouth-watering food, amusement rides for the kids and a
glimpse into the new businesses seeking their patronage. Once again the community was not
UIA has moved the Friendship Fair to Blacktown which hosts a large Indian Community. This
year’s Fair was held at Blacktown Showground. The Fair is a great opportunity for Indian
Australians to celebrate their cultural heritage, display the positive contribution they are making
to the overall economic growth of their adopted country and the part they play in social
Several state and federal MPs attended the Fair and expressed their support for the Indian
Australian community.. Mayor of Blacktown Clr. Stephen Bali, senator the honourable Concetta
Fierravanti- wells, Hon. Chris Bowen MP, Hon. Matt Keen, MP, Hon Minister David Elliott,
Hon. Opposition leader Luke Foley, MP, Prime Minister Modi’s representative Hon. Chaudhry
Birender Singh, His Excellency Consul general of India to Sydney Sunjay Sudhir, Hon. John
Robertson, Hon. Geoff Lee, Race Discrimination Commissioner Dr. Tim Soutpommasane, Hon
Barry O’Farrell Ex premier, Our Chief Guest cricket legend Steve Waugh, Managing director of
Waugh Global Realty Mr. Dean Honan, Dr. G.K. Harinath OAM, Mr. Richard from GWS
Giants, Mr. Nihal Gupta SBS chairman, Inspector Ormes Rod representing the Police
Commissioner of NSW, Clr. Susai Benjamin, Clr. Raj Datta and MP’s from Federal and State.
President of the United Indian Association Mr. John Kennedy in his speech said UIA is a voice
for our communities and is in the fore front of every issues that our community come across and
UIA will always keep it’s arms open to help the needy. He also stated that UIA has maintained
very good relationship with all political parties both federally and in NSW. UIA as an
organisation never side with any side of politics. UIA’s moto is to serve the community and
nothing more than this.
Consul General of India Sunjay Sudhir said that he appreciated the work of UIA in providing an
umbrella of organisations coming from diverse backgrounds and representing different regions
and states of India. UIA plays an extremely important role in ensuring that the local Indian
community remains cohesive and effective.
In his message to the community, Premier Mike Baird congratulated UIA for strengthening the
NSW-India relationship. NSW Opposition Leader Luke Foley attended the Fair and said that the
Indian community makes an enormous contribution to NSW and the UIA Friendship Fair is a
chance to celebrate that contribution.
Colourful and exciting cultural performances were provided by Mr. Ranjit Khera and team.
This year’s flavour was sport with a Kabaddi demonstration and the presence of two popular
cricketers – Steve Waugh and Gurinder Sandhu. Steve Waugh took the opportunity to advertise
his new business venture – Waugh Global which is creating greater investment opportunity for
Indian nationals living abroad.
UIA sincerely thanks the community and Sponsors Waugh Global Realty, MoneyGram,
Multicultural NSW, Western Union, Ria, Bank of Baroda, Air India, Euro Solar, Guara Travels,
Sun Legal, ABS, Bluesky Migration, Prudential International Education Services, Cricket
Australia, Grewal Atta and Millennium Hotel’s and SBS for their continuous support.
UIA sincerely thanks all our media partners who were with us shoulder to shoulder to take our
efforts to people.