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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 15 August 2015
NEWS 4 THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 15 AUGUST 2015 Oli Mazi - all together Macarthur Greeks aspire to establish a Hellenic appreciation society in Campbelltown NELLY SKOUFATOGLOU Macarthur Greeks is a newly incorporated entity in NSW, with the key objective being to provide the facilitation of cultural community services to Greeks in the Macarthur region. "Our common goal is to engage with the Greek community and to use some of the fantastic venues that this region has to offer to connect Hellenes," says the group's spokesman John K. Tsekas. "For this reason we are holding an inauguration event in September, offering the opportunity for all age groups to engage in different activities." While most Greeks from the region usually congregate at the Liverpool Church, Tsekas found that as the Greek community evolves and branches out, the multi-ethnic families tend to slowly lose touch with the community. "Younger generations are time poor and have competing interests - of which Greek culture and language learning, not to mention dance, is a low priority," he says. "Sometimes there is [a] will, but [it] is quite difficult to access Greek dance and Greek food in the local area." The inauguration is a free event, but due to venue requirements, bookings are essential. The hosts will also provide afternoon coffee and tea accompanied by traditional Greek sweets. When: Saturday 13 September 2015 from 2.00 pm to 5.00 pm Where: Campbelltown Arts Centre, 1 Art Gallery Rd, Campbelltown NSW For more information email macarthurgreeks@gmail. com or call John Tsekas directly on 02 46100712 or 0418 207103. Ushering in the law year South Brisbane's Saint George Greek Orthodox Church was awash with robes, wigs and sashes earlier this month, with the inauguration of Queensland's law year for 2015. Conducted annually, this year the service was officiated by Reverend Father Anastasios Bozikis and Archiepiscopal representative Vicar General of Queensland, Reverend Father Dimitri Tsakas. The procession, which took place on 3 August, was composed of various members of the legal profession including judges, magistrates, commission and tribunal members and academic staff. The state's Honorary Consul for Greece, Jim Raptis OBE, together with President of Saint George Parish community, Michael Anasatas, welcomed the governor of Queensland, Paul de Jersey AC, and other law officials. The first reading was giv- en by the Honourable Justice Anthe I Philippides, followed by the Honourable Justice Margaret McMurdo AC, president of the Court of Appeal. Citizens fly to Canberra to arbitrate legal matters The Greek Embassy in Wellington is suspending its operation due to the Greek government's failure to provide a salaried diplomatic office. Greeks living in New Zealand have expressed their frustration at the decision, as they will now be forced to travel to Canberra, Australia, in order to settle their affairs. Such a trip costs at least AU$600 and takes six hours, complicating legal issues for the local diaspora and newlyarrived Greeks in New Zealand. The Holy Metropolis, along with various Greek communities, organisations, brotherhoods and associations of New Zealand, addressed the Greek state in a joint letter, to which they also attached a new proposal. "We deem your decision unfair to Greeks in New Zealand, since the Greek state has not even provided a salaried consulate that can serve the needs of Greek diaspora members across the country," they noted, stressing that the dynamic presence of Greeks in New Zealand was not taken into account. The former Greek Embassy building in the heart of Wellington’s CBD is now for sale. "It is estimated that 5,0006,000 Greeks are currently living in the country, a number that has kept growing over the past three years after the economic developments in our country, Greece. "As Greek citizens with obligations and rights we demand that the Greek state does not rob us of our inalienable right for seamless transaction and connection to our homeland," concluded the letter. New High Commissioner to Cyprus Australia's Foreign Ministry has announced the appointment of Alan Sweetman as the country's next High Commissioner to Cyprus. Sweetman will assume duties in September 2015, replacing Trevor Peacock, who has worked hard in strengthening Australia's relations with Cyprus since September 2011. Jim Raptis OBE Honorary Consul of Greece (L) in Queensland meeting the governor of Queensland, Paul de Jersey, along with Margaret McMurdo, Queensland’s active Chief of Justice, before the Law Year church service at the Greek Orthodox Church of St George, South Brisbane. PHOTOS: JOHN CARRAI. "Relations between Australia and Cyprus are underpinned by strong people-to-people links, joint membership of the Commonwealth, and Australia's long standing support of United Nations efforts to find a just and permanent solution to the Cyprus dispute," an official announcement said on Tuesday. QC barrister Manuel Varitimos and Professor Nikos Passas of Northeastern University, Boston. "The extension of Australia's police deployment to Cyprus for another two years ensures continued support for the negotiating efforts of the UN Secretary-General's Special Adviser on Cyprus, Espen Barth Eide," it added. Sweetman is a career officer with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, who has previously served overseas as deputy head of mission at the Australian Embassy in Kabul and at the Australian Embassy in Athens. DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM Greek Embassy in NZ no more Outgoing High Commissioner to Cyprus, Trevor Peacock. Most recently, he was director of the southern Europe section, while his earlier DFAT postings found him in Dili and Jakarta, and with the Peace Monitoring Group in Bougainville, Papua New Guinea. Earlier in his career he served on China and ASEAN country desks as well as a senior adviser in the Australian Civil Military Centre and as director of DFAT's APEC Reform, Security and Technical Cooperation Section.
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