18 October 2023

Mr ANOULACK CHANTHIVONG (Macquarie Fields—Minister for Better Regulation and Fair Trading, Minister for Industry and Trade, Minister for Innovation, Science and Technology, Minister for Building, and Minister for Corrections) — I congratulate my dear friend and dedicated community advocate, Malaemie (Mal) Fruean OAM, on her appointment to the Multicultural NSW Advisory Board. Mal's appointment is well-deserved and acknowledges her strong advocacy for Pacifica communities. Mal is an inspirational and respected leader, who champions multiculturalism and community harmony. Mal has dedicated 30 years to community work in South-West Sydney, including 12 years as South West Multicultural and Community Centre Manager in Minto. In this role, Mal oversees programs for women, youth, and emerging Pacific leaders. A community breakfast and food relief hampers serve up more than a meal, providing connection and care at a time when people need it most. In a voluntary capacity, Mal is Chair of the NSW Council for Pacific Communities and has been an active member of NSWCPC since its establishment in 2003. A multi-award recipient and a member of various committees, Mal is committed to sharing her knowledge and extensive experience in community engagement to increase cultural awareness. I welcome Mal's appointment to the Multicultural NSW Advisory Board. I commend Mal on her continued advocacy for culturally and linguistically diverse communities.