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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 6 February 2016
NEWS 6 THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 6 FEBRUARY 2016 DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM Greek Community of Melbourne appoints new board Bill Papastergiadis’ presidency renewed for another term The new board of the Greek Community of Melbourne was appointed on Monday, as the 19 members who were elected on 17 January assembled for their first meeting. The board renewed Bill Papastergiadis' presidency for another term, with Nick Koukouvitakis and Theo Markos as vice-chairmen, Costas Markos as secretary General, with Tammy Iliou as his deputy, Marinis Pirpiris is treasurer, with Nick Parthimos as deputy, while Phillip Vassiliadis, Leonidas Vlahakis, Angela Georgalis, Vasso Zangalis, Voula Kallianis, Michael Karamitos, George Koletsis, Alexis Costa, Jim Bosinakis, Nick Dallas, Spiros Papadopoulos and Christos Sikavitsas will serve as members of the board. In the board's inauguration meeting, president Bill Papastergiadis welcomed the new members and stated the organisation’s goals for the next three years. "It is a period when serious decisions have to be made for the future, in order to be able as a Community to face the new challenges ahead and achieve our goals for the promotion of our culture and language," he said, adding that the Community's means are limited, as a result of the construction of the new 15-floor building. "The Community has to increase its revenue in order to be able to reduce its debt and achieve its main objectives: investing in culture and education and, in cooperation with the other communal The new board of the Greek Community of Melbourne and Victoria. Sitting (L-R): Theo Markos, Spiros Papadopoulos, Costas Markos, Alexis Costa, Christos Sikavitsas, Michael Karamitos, Leonidas Vlachakis, Philip Vasiliadis. Standing (L-R): Nick Dallas, Angela Georgali, Tammy Iliou, Jim Bosinakis, Marinis Pirpiris, Nick Parthimos, Vaso Zangali, Nick Koukouvitakis, Voula Kalliani, Bill Papastergiadis, George Koletsis. organisations, promoting issues that affect the Greek community as a whole," he added, and affirmed that the Community has been responsible in the handling of its assets, stating that a building Turnbull to attend the Lonsdale Street Festival The PM will share the stage with Bill Shorten and Daniel Andrews Malcolm Turnbull has confirmed his willingness to attend the opening night of the 2016 Lonsdale Street Festival, on Saturday 27 February. He will be the fourth prime minister to honour the opening of the Greek Festival in five years, sharing the stage with the leader of the opposition, Bill Shorten, as well as the Victorian premier, Daniel Andrews. "Having once again the po- litical leadership of Australia honour the opening of our festival shows that the Greek Community of Melbourne and Victoria, as well as the Greek community overall, is acknowledged as an important part of Australian society and that our causes and endeavours matter," said Bill Papastergiadis, president of the GOCMV. "The PM’s response to our invitation proves that the festival is recognised as one of the most successful festivals, not only among ethnic minorities, but among Australians overall. It is rare for a festival to be honoured by the presence of both the federal PM and the premier of Victoria at the same time," noted Mr Papastergiadis in his statement, expressing the hope that this opportunity will allow the Greek community to initiate a dialogue with the government on issues impacting Greece and Greeks of the diaspora, such as culture and education. The prime minister is a wellknown Philhellene, often evoking Thucydides in regards with international policy. In the past year, he has visited the ‘Being Greek’ festival at Carss Park in Sydney, and the Gold Coast Greek Festival in Queensland, where he took to the stage, smashing plates. that was officially assessed at $3.5 million is now worth $22.5 million. The president then repeated his pre-election promise that the new board will reach a decision about the property at Bulleen. Acknowledging the importance of having third-generation Greek Australians on board "who are genuinely interested in the Community", Mr Papastergiadis expressed his certainty that "united and prepared, we will give our best efforts, so that the Community will go through a new period of growth and creativity for the sake of everyone". Delphi Bank major sponsor of Greek festivals Melbourne's historic Greek precinct will once again be home to the thousands of eventgoers set to attend the 2016 Lonsdale Street Festival; the largest Greek street party in Australia, which is scheduled to fall on the weekend of 27-28 February. Delphi Bank has long supported a range of community initiatives and constantly aims to give back to the Hellenic Australian community that has supported the bank. The Lonsdale Street Festival is just one of the many community festivals around the nation that the bank supports, bringing together both community and family spirit for future generations to enjoy. Delphi Bank is also the major sponsor of Sydney's Greek Festival, also to fall on the weekend of 27-28 February. “Good corporate citizenship is an integral part of our business and we constantly think about what we can do beyond banking to help our customers and strengthen the communities they live in,” says the bank’s chief executive officer George Tacticos. A great attraction for thousands of Melbourne locals, the Lonsdale Street Greek Festival provides an assortment of traditional Greek food spread across 60 stalls, cooking demonstrations, traditional dancing and live entertainment across three stages. There are also plenty of children's activities as well as vendor displays and craft stalls. Festival organisers never cease to hold back on providing a stellar line up of inter- national acts, with this year’s entertainment no different , with the festival having secured headline act Alkinoos Ioannidis. The Cypriot-born musician infuses a unique blend of electric and orchestral sounds and will be sure to entertain the crowds as he performs on the Delphi Bank stage on Saturday 27 February. Founded by the cultural arm of the Greek Community of Melbourne, the Greek Centre continues to provide the Greek community with a calendar of vibrant events and celebrations that promotes the Hellenic culture for all to enjoy. Also included in the festival program is the Writers Festival, Flavours of Greece and the Delphi Bank Greek Film Festival. Dalidakis launches Sidekicker new Melbourne office Australian online temporary staffing platform Sidekicker has opened the doors of its new Melbourne office, marking the latest coup for the burgeoning Victorian start-up ecosystem. The PM visited the Gold Coast Greek Festival in October, where he indulged in some traditional plate-smashing action. Sidekicker, which launched in 2012, lets businesses hire one of 2,000 'sidekickers' for temporary work like business administration, event organisa- tion or food service. The company has so far raised $2 million and has since expanded to New Zealand. Its list of customers includes Uber, Sofitel, Airbnb, Harris Farm, Blakes Feast, Yelp and Sofi Spritz. Victoria's minister for small business and innovation Philip Dalidakis, who was on hand to unveil a plaque commemorating the opening, said the start- up would benefit from Victoria's healthy start-up ecosystem.
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