BAASA marks 6th settlement day


The Bhutanese Australian Association of South Australia (BAASA) celebrated its sixth settlement day in Adelaide, South Australia, Saturday.

The event marked arrival of the first Bhutanese in Adelaide under the Australian government humanitarian program.

A statement issued by BAASA said the event kicked off with singing of Australian national anthem followed by welcome speech by Tika Katel and a cultural dance by Bhutanese Ethnic School children.

Lieutenant Govenor of South Australia and chairman of the South Australian Multicultural and Ethnic Affairs Commission, Hieu Van Le AO, and Minister for Communities and Social Inclusion, Multicultural Affairs Hon Zoe Bettison, expressed their commitments to support the Bhutanese community settle well in South Australia.

The event also saw launching of a music album of Narad and Taken Dahal by Zoe Bettison besides a number of cultural recipes, said Laxmi Dahal, BAASA press and publicity officer.
Newly elected president, Kamal Dahal, in his speech highlighted challenges facing the Adelaide community and progress made by the community.

“The community is steadily making progress, overcoming the social and economic barriers. Being one of the newest communities in South Australia, despite transitional, social and other challenges, members of our Community are coping well,” said Dahal.

Chairman Dahal also lauded activities of Bhutanese Youths Group (BYG), Ethnic School and Yuba Sansar, among others. The event was broadcast live by Indra Adhikari via

Pictures courtesy: BAASA