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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 14 April 2018
DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 14 APRIL 2018 5 NEWS cy in Greece. Working with Melbourne's Pankorinthian and Panargoliki community associations, I will visit the Corinth battlefield of April 1941 and the POW campsite, as well as the Australian nurses ‘hideout’ in Argos, and the Tolos and Nafplio evacuation sites. I will meet with local government representatives and researchers to investigate how the Anzac heritage connected to these locations can be commemorated. These sites have a rich Anzac heritage involving both major engagements such as the defence of the Corinth canal but also poignant moments as the Australian nurses made the dangerous withdrawal through Argos to Nafplio. Many Australians may be unaware that one of Australia's most famous WWII army surgeons, Colonel Sir Ernest Edward ‘Weary’ Dunlop AC, CMG, OBE, took part in the Greek campaign, his trail leading across Corinth and the Argolid to Nafplio. This heritage should be remembered. Melbourne's Pankorinthian and Panargoliki associations are committed to ensuring the Anzac trail across the region is commemorated. They have come together to work to have erected new memorials on these important sites. I will also revisit some of the key sites in northern Greece connected to the Australian involvement in the Greek campaign in April 1941. Amongst other locations, I will retrace the battlefields of Vevi and Servia where the Australians fought alongside their Allies in defence of Greece against the German invasion. These new memorials will take their place alongside other Anzac and Allied memorials across Greece – from the military cemeteries on Lemnos, at Thessa- loniki, Athens and Suda Bay, to the memorials for the Battles of Vevi, Brallos Pass, and Kalamata and the many across Crete, including the Battle of 42nd Street Memorial unveiled in 2016 and supported by Melbourne's Cretan community. I hope that these new commemorative works will take their place in an emerging Anzac trail across Greece, and will give encouragement to other projects to commemorate further sites of significance. The Greek mainland has a strong Anzac heritage across both World Wars and these locations should be identified and marked by appropriate commemorative markers or memorials. We owe it to those who served as well as to aid their descendents on their pilgrimages. I will take part in the annual commemorations for the Gallipoli campaign on Lemnos (20 April), for Anzac Day at Phaleron in Athens (25 April), and for the 77th anniversary of the Greek campaign of 1941 at Kalamata (8 May). I will do so as part of a delegation from Melbourne's Lemnos Gallipoli Commemorative Committee, which will include Deb Stewart, the granddaughter of Australian nursing sister Evelyn Hutt, who served on Lemnos in 1915. I welcome all who may be in Greece at the time of these events to join him in attending them. I acknowledge the work of others in raising awareness of the Pylos and Methone tragedies, in particular the late Brian Simms (the son of William Simms, a British soldier who died on the Sebastiano Veniero-Jason) and his grandson Adam McHugh, Rhonda Cousens and Peter Georgopoulos, and, of course, Australian veteran Bill Rudd. Katie Sfetikidis enters the race for the seat of Melbourne City Council Lord Mayor The by-election for Lord Mayor of Melbourne City Council just took an artistic – and Greek – turn. Visual artist and lighting designer Katie Sfetkidis announced her candidacy on Monday, promising to use her campaign to promote the arts and intersectional feminism. "I guess I have always been really passionate about politics and I felt frustrated that our voice, the artistic community's voice, wasn't being heard, so I decided to run," she said in an interview posted on ArtsHub, an online platform connecting creative industry professionals. "The arts [are] a place where serious political issues around diversity, equality, Aboriginal sovereignty, housing affordability and sustainability are being discussed every day in our communities and institutions," she explained, promising to use this paradigm as a strategy to bring structural changes to the city's council. In her fruitful career as a lighting designer, Sfetkidis has worked with some of the Katie Sfetkidis most significant theatre companies in Melbourne and Sydney, but she's also had a parallel career in contemporary art, employing video, performance and role-play as tools for social critique. As an independent candidate with limited financial resources, she knows that her chances of winning are slim, but her main aim is to instigate dialogue and bring attention to a series of issues, such as accessibility, homelessness and housing affordability. Highlighting as an example the number of independent, artist-run galleries which have been forced to move from the city due to gentrification and high costs, she raises an issue of importance to her: "I don't want the city to just be for the rich," she says. With her artistic background, and her determination to use this campaign to make a statement for the environment, Sfetkidis will refrain from the traditional methods of campaigning, which include large quantities of printed material sent out through the mail. Instead, she is choosing to run a campaign through social media, although a series of posters, designed by local artists, will be released over the coming weeks. Sfetkidis is the 14th candidate to stand in the election for Melbourne’s Lord Mayor, along with Qun Xie, Sally Capp, Luke Downing, Rohan Leppert, Sally Warhaft, Alex MacDonald, Allan Watson, Jennifer Yang, Gary Morgan, Nathalie Nicole O'Sughrue, Michael Burge, Ken Ong, and Bruce Poon. As a postal vote, all voters listed on the Melbourne City Council voters roll will receive ballot forms in the post and will need to submit their vote by Friday 11 May. Melbourne City Council’s previous Lord Mayor Robert Doyle resigned in February, and a subsequent council report made four adverse findings against him for sexual misconduct. Andrew Liveris and wife give historic gift to University of Queensland The alumnus of the university hopes his contribution will give students a real-life understanding that global challenges require large-scale innovation and leadership for positive change Despite his success, it's clear University of Queensland (UQ) alumnus Andrew Liveris hasn't forgotten his roots, having been very generous with his time and money to the institution. The chair and CEO of the Dow Chemical Company and director of DowDuPont is providing UQ with $40 million to support innovation and leadership initiatives across the state and around the world. Together with his wife Paula, Mr Liveris has donated $13.5 million to help establish the Liveris Academy in UQ's Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology. It will be housed in the An- drew N Liveris Building, an 11-storey engineering education and research hub, set to be constructed at the St Lucia campus. "Naming the building after Mr Liveris is a fitting acknowledgement of one of UQ's most successful alumni, honouring his exceptional career and his role as a consistent, visible and enthusiastic advocate for UQ," said UQ Vice-Chancellor, Professor Peter Høj. The Liveris Academy will teach and develop future generations of leaders, equipping them to discov- er and implement technology driven innovations that address grand challenges related to sustainability such as clean water, safe food and modern energy services. "Paula and I hope the Liveris Academy will attract, support, and develop many of the planet's smartest young people and finest minds in engineering and science, enabling them to reach their full potential while addressing major challenges facing society today," Mr Liveris said. The couple has also pledged to raise an additional $26.5 million to Paula and Andrew Liveris. support UQ's philanthropic campaign 'Not If, When', aimed at empowering student success. "This gift will create leadership and change-making opportunities for students who might otherwise have had limited access to higher education," said Professor Høj. Wanted: have you seen Kypros Kypri? Contact Crime Stoppers Victoria Paul Sougleris with veteran Bill Rudd during the recording of a congratulatory message for the unveiling of the Pylos and Methone Memorial plaques in Greece. PHOTO: JIM CLAVEN Kypros Kypri, 53, failed to appear at the Melbourne Magistrates' Court on 24 April for a series of alleged deceptions. A warrant has been issued for his arrest. He is said to frequent the Castlemaine, Colac, Wodonga, and Gippsland areas. He is also known to travel around Victoria, New South Wales, and Queensland. Kypri is known to move through small rural communities, and will alter his appearance to avoid detection. DOB: 18 February 1965 Height: 186cm Build: Solid Eyes: Green Hair: Dark Complexion: Mediterranean Reporting is confidential, police only need your information to solve crime, not your name. If you have seen Kypri or have information relevant to the search confidentially call 1800 333 000 or report online at crimestoppersvic.com.au quoting case reference number WTD1460.
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