Mainul Haque, a well-known Muslim community leader in Canberra, is standing for the Greens in the seat of Yerrabi, in Canberra’s north, in the October ACT elections.
Mainul is also the ACT Greens spokesperson for Multicultural Affairs during the campaign.
After receiving his education in Bangladesh, Malaysia, Canada and Australia, Mainul settled in Canberra. Professionally an economist, he has been living in Canberra for nearly three decades, working as a public servant in several federal government agencies focussing on policy.
Mainul was President of the Canberra Muslim Community between 2016 and 2019, during which time he led the development and delivery of the multimillion-dollar Gungahlin Mosque project.
Mainul has also served as President of the Bangladesh Australia Association Canberra, President of the Canberra Islamic School and Treasurer of the Islamic Society of ACT.
During his time in Canada, Mainul was the Vice President of the Muslim Students Association in Canada.
Currently he is serving in several boards including, ACT Government’s Multicultural Advisory Council, Gold Creek Homestead Advisory Panel, Canberra Refugee Action Campaign, Canberra Interfaith Forum and the Gungahlin Community Council.
Mainul’s community service accomplishments include:
- as President, delivered the multi million dollar Gungahlin mosque project. This involved raising over $2.8 million, and successful engagement with Canberrans originating from nearly 40 different heritages.
- establishing a children’s playground at the Yarralumla Mosque in 2006‑07 when he was President of the Canberra Islamic School
- establishing a CALD network for his department for which the team received the Secretary’s Award
- recognition by the Bangladesh High Commission in 2007 as one of 10 important Bangladeshi Australians.
Earlier this year, Mainul helped secure a $450,000 grant from the ACT Government to assist international students and temporary visa holders affected by Covid-19. This outcome was mainly achieved through his Op-ed in The Canberra Times in April 2020.
Mainul has also actively supported community based groups like HelpingACT to support the most vulnerable in our community during this difficult time.
To underscore his broad appeal several of Canberra’s ethnic communities have hosted BBQs and other activities to raise his profile and relay his campaign commitments to the community.
As an ACT Greens candidate, he has secured an election commitment from his party to:
- Build a large multipurpose Community Cenre.
- Revitalise Yerrabi Pond to create a vibrant community space leading to a daily ‘multicultural food festival’ at the Yerrabi Pond foreshore.
- Expand Gungahlin CIT to provide opportunities for all ages.
“I’m for need based policies and not greed,” he said.
“This is the first time a major political party in Canberra has published a large multipurpose community centre as an election commitment.”
According to Mainul, these commitments will create jobs, provide opportunities for small businesses, and bring families and communities together for a more harmonious society for all Canberrans.
Mainul is also an avid outdoorsman, regularly visiting the many campsites, rivers and mountains with his friends and family to take in what the Canberra’s natural surrounds offers the residents and encourages sustainable practices so that these environments remain pristine for the native flora and fauna as well as for future generations of visitors.