Opinion

PHOTOS: Diwali Festival keeps getting bigger

Diwali Festival 2016 was held on Sunday at Darcy Doyle Place.
Diwali Festival 2016 was held on Sunday at Darcy Doyle Place. Rob Williams

Many restaurateurs have come and gone in the past decade in Ipswich.

Some have stood their ground and remain in the industry and of these just a few have excelled.

One of those is Raj Sharma who runs the Indian Mehfil in the CBD.

It hasn't been an easy journey for Raj over the years, but overcoming obstacles has been his forte.

On the back of his success in Ipswich he has expanded his restaurant operation throughout Brisbane.

However, it has been his work outside of the food industry that reveals the real character of Raj Sharma.

The Diwali Festival night that he brought to Ipswich seven years ago now ranks as one of the district's leading community events.

On Sunday night I joined 600 people for the night and there is no doubt if the event could have seated 800 it still would have sold out.

The festival is about multi-cultural harmony, a point he made with great passion when took the microphone at the festival.

He is as spirited about this as anyone could be and for that alone he should be applauded.

Topics:  diwali my comment opinion



Ipswich health boss out as board moves in 'new direction'

NEW DIRECTION: Outgoing West Moreton Hospital and Health Service CEO Sue McKee.

West Moreton health Chief Executive's shock departure

Military battle fire near Cunningham Hwy

Smoke clouds covered the Cunningham Hwy and areas in Greenbank, Springfield and Forest Lake. Photo: Twitter/Dave Andrews

If you see smoke clouds over Ipswich, here's why

Pauline Hanson fires up over burqa ban question

Pauline Hanson... unhappy with questioning.

Robin Bailey compares burqa to Christian wearing a cross

Local Partners

Gatton family claims game show success

A GATTON family walked away with more than $11,000 after an exciting three-night run on game show Family Feud.


10 things to do this Australia Day

Thirsty Merc will perform live at the Racehorse Hotel on Australia Day.

Competitions for the best mullet, cane toad races, zorbing and more.

Chopper's Republic of Ipswich

HELLO: Chopper will perform his new show Anzakistan at the Racehorse Hotel next month.

Popular character returns

See this teen dancing sensation right now

HARD WORK: Katie Bell from Haigslea will perform at QPAC from January 19-21.

IPSWICH ballerina Katie Bell is performing in Cinderella at QPAC

Lion roars to straight to No 1 at Aussie box office

Nicole Kidman, David Wenham and Sunny Pawar in a scene from the movie Lion.

THE Australian-made movie a hit, while Rogue One nears record mark.

Ozzy Osbourne fell asleep during his driving test

Not a good idea to give Ozzy a Ferrari

Kristen Stewart to host SNL

Kristen Stewart will host a pre-Super Bowl episode of SNL next month

Louis Tomlinson celebrated his son's first birthday

Louis Tomlinson and Briana Jungwirth celebrate son's first birthday

Kylie Minogue will take husband's name

Kylie Minogue will take her fiancé Joshua Sasse's surname

WATCH: Sneak peek at landmark legal drama 'Don't Tell'

Sara West

'Two thirds of the movie was filmed in Ipswich'

$6 million upgrade for busy intersection

AVID Property Group invested $6 million in connecting its residential estate to Ipswich and Springfield.

Project includes dedicated bus bay, traffic lights and added lanes

Design tenders called for blue chip Rosewood Library

NEXT STAGE: Design tenders have been called for the new Rosewood Library.

Massive $6.5 million investment bearing fruit

Why investors are flocking to Moranbah

Moranbah homes are selling like hotcakes, creating a supply problem

Investors are scrambling to get into the market

Stockland's $150m pitch: Build it and they will come

Gladstone Marina. The Gladstone Regional Council offers a range of exciting job opportunities. Photo Contributed: Murray Ware.

Here's why we need to see Stockland upgrade start soon.

Ipswich house prices looking up in "seller's market”

Region's median house price climbed 1.4% to $325,000 and the median unit price fell 13.8% to $235,000 in the September quarter.

Median house price climbs 1.4% to $325,000 as unit price falls 13.8%

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!