Bhakta Bahadur Bhattarai

Registered nurse and founder, Albury Wodonga Multicultural Community Events Inc

2024 VIC Young Australian of the Year

Better known as Durga, Bhakta Bahadur Bhattarai’s selfless actions are a constant source of care and connection among Wodonga’s multicultural community. 

Born and raised in a Bhutanese refugee camp in Nepal, Durga came to Australia with his family in 2012. He completed high school and then trained as a pharmacy assistant and registered nurse.  

Feeling lonely and isolated during his studies, Durga founded the Albury Wodonga Multicultural Community Events Inc in 2014. The organisation advocates for and showcases multicultural communities and organises help during difficult times.  

On top of his work as a nurse, Durga supplied homemade masks to the elderly and emergency food relief during the COVID-19 lockdowns. He also arranged multiple community wellbeing and entertainment programs, and has raised thousands of dollars for sick young people and disability support. 

Among several awards recognising his contributions, Durga was awarded the Meritorious Service Award from the Government of Victoria in 2019.