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    Malaysians Richard Augustin and Riya Selvaraj first came to Australia around 2016, seeking asylum for religious reasons. Now living in Bendigo and dependent on community groups for food and accommodation, given that their temporary stay visas preclude them from accessing work or any ongoing government funding, they have been trying to get access to permanent residency ever since. Since arriving in Bendigo, they have found a way to give back to their community, volunteering for initiatives like Bendigo Foodshare and The Old Church on the Hill. During the pandemic, while they have mostly been confined to their home, the couple has launched a cooking YouTube page called R&R Channel. The couple has been making a cooking video a week, sharing a range of recipes, sometimes filming for hours at a time. “So we just using our smartphones and we using a mic stand as a camera tripod. Richard is very good at that,” Ms Selvaraj said. “In our experience, the longest cooking video is eight hours — chocolate chip cookies. “We try to correct all the mistakes, so that’s how we are still learning each and every video.”

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