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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 12 September 2015
NEWS 6 THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 12 SEPTEMBER 2015 Melbourne’s Arkadia Centre sold Property built to accommodate migrants from Prasino set to make way for apartments The Melbourne headquarters of the Arkadia community, built in West Melbourne in 1965, has been sold off to an overseas developer, with plans to construct between 70 and 90 apartments on the complex. Located at 50-56 Batman Street, near the city's Flagstaff Gardens, the 868-squaremetre property was sold for $8.78 million. The price tag puts the property at $10,115 per square metre, and with its location next to a fire station, the views of Port Phillip Bay are unlikely to ever be encroached. The Arkadia Centre opened in 1992 as a social club for eight societies from that region after it was bought for $380,000, but from 2010 it was rarely used as overheads and land tax became too unmanageable - in 1992 land tax cost $200 per annum, it has reached $16,000 in 2015. In March the local council demanded payment of $48,000 owed in land tax from 2011, which prompted the societies to convene and consider selling the property. By May it was decided that it was the best course of action, and after a number of expressions of interest the property was bought by a Chinese investor. Following the sale, president of the Arkadia Centre Bill Chrysanthakopoulos expressed his relief with the result. "We achieved a very good result with the sale price. A deposit equating to 10 per cent of the sale price has already been advanced to us, regardless of whether the investor pulls out or not. Settlement has been agreed to 60 days." When asked what they would do with the money, Chrysanthakopoulos said the club would gather to discuss how to use it. "We haven't decided yet, we will consider all suggestions, with due regard to our future, before we make a decision. The process will be completely transparent, we have already engaged two law firms to advise us of our legal obligations." Consul General visits Oakleigh Victoria's Consul General of Greece, Christina Simantirakis, paid a visit to South Oakleigh College last week. Principal Helen Koziaris welcomed Ms Simantirakis, thanking her for the consulate's support to the college's Modern Greek programs and students. The Consul General attended the year eight and nine class of Advanced Greek, giving her an opportunity to hear students' first-hand impressions of studying the language. Ms Simantirakis encouraged the students to "be proud of your Greek heritage, maintain a strong work ethic and you will achieve," she said. Teacher Sophie Stamatelatos highlighted the importance of supporting Modern Greek within the Australian setting. "Through the support of the Greek Consulate, we are able to provide a differentiated curriculum that meets the needs of both beginners and advanced students, and provide programs that are challenging and engaging," DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM Templestowe church awarded $15,000 Federal grant announced by Minister Kevin Andrews In a recent gathering at the Greek Orthodox church of St Haralambos in Templestowe, Victoria, the congregation took the opportunity to formally thank the Australian government for its assistance. Under the Community De- velopment Grants Program (CDGP), the church was granted $15,000 to improve services and programs for its members. Federal Member for Menzies and Minister for Defence Kevin Andrews was present at the Templestowe site last Sunday, where he was thanked by Father Elias Kentrotis. In the presence of parishioners, Mr Andrews addressed those gathered alongside Father Antonio Cagnoni, and parish representative Andreas Georgiou. According to the minister, the office, audio visual and kitchen equipment purchased through the grant will assist Minister Kevin Andrews (R) addressing the St Haralambos congregation beside Father Elias Kentrotis, Father Antonio Cagnoni and Mr Andreas Georgiou. more than 100 churchgoers each week. "The Australian government is committed to supporting projects that deliver longterm positive outcomes for local communities," said Mr Andrews. "This funding will ensure parishioners of all ages continue to enjoy access to a range of programs." The Australian government established the CDGP to support infrastructure that "promotes stable, secure and vi- able local and regional economies". Through the program, this year the government is providing $350 million to almost 300 projects. Funding for projects range in value from $2,000 to $13 million. Historian chronicles Hellenism’s legacy in Rockdale Dr Panayiotis Diamadis has won second spot in this year's Ron Rathbone Local History Prize, which fosters research into local history in south Sydney's City of Rockdale. His study, entitled 'Personal Experiences, Public Memory: Rockdale's monuments to military service', highlights an enduring legacy of Hellenism in the area. Victoria’s Consul General of Greece, Christina Simantirakis (back row, third from right), and South Oakleigh College principal Helen Koziaris (front row, centre) with fellow teachers and students. "Hellenism was the first civilisation which created monuments specifically dedicated to men who had fallen on the field of battle in defence of their homelands," said Diamadis, who lectures at the University of Technology Sydney. As the genocide scholar highlights in his study, various sites across Rockdale, including churches, clubs, gardens and sporting facilities, have been dedicated in whole or in part to the memory of locals who served in the armed forces of Australia and abroad. One example he cites is the Tempe War Memorial, inaugurated in September 1918 with donations from workers of the Tramways Depot. "The story of the Tempe Depot War Memorial demonstrates Hellenism continues to be the enduring source of inspiration 25 centuries after the creation of the first war memorial," he said. Dr Garry Darby, with his entry 'Rocky Point Road: the first 50 years', took out first prize in the competition. Dr Panayiotis Diamadis (L) receiving his award from the mayor of the City of Rockdale, Cr Shane O’Brien.
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