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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 30 June 2018
NEWS 4 THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 30 JUNE 2018 Georganas’ future in Hindmarsh uncertain Questions have been raised about the political future of federal ALP parliamentarian Steve Georganas after the Australian Electoral Commission recently upheld its draft decision to abolish federal ALP frontbencher Mark Butler's safe seat of Port Adelaide. The most likely scenario was that Mr Butler would take neighbouring Hindmarsh from his factional colleague Mr Georganas, and that the Greek Australian parliamentarian would be moved to the seat of Adelaide, where Kate Ellis is retiring. Mr Georganas is highly regarded in the Greek Australian community, and Neos Kosmos understands that prominent Greek Australians will support him to retain his Hindmarsh seat. According to some sources, Mr Georganas might be asked to shift to the Senate, where there is a vacant spot on the ticket after the loss of Anne McEwen in 2016. There were also reports that he could be handed a safe state seat at the next SA general election in 2022, possibly in Chel- tenham, with former Labor premier Jay Weatherill expected to retire. In a written statement sent to Neos Kosmos, Mr Georganas said he has proudly served in the marginal seat of Hindmarsh in the western suburbs of Adelaide for over a decade, regaining the seat for a second term in 2016 for Labor. "While the boundaries of Hindmarsh have moved, I will explore all available options to serve the community I love," he said. "I was elected for a three- year term in 2016, and my focus is to represent the people of Hindmarsh for the parliamentary term. "I look forward to discussions with my colleagues to determine the best way forward." Mirene at the Winspeak finals, the regional public speaking competition she won before proceeding to Rostrum Voice of Youth. DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM Mirene with her parents after winning the Rostrum Voice of Youth competition Victorian finals. Greek Australian student lands first place in public speaking competition Mirene Magousis is set to represent Victoria at the national finals of Rostrum Voice of Youth ZOE THOMAIDOU Speaking in front of a crowd can be intimidating for most people, but this is not the case for 17-year-old Mirene Magousis. Labor MP for Hindmarsh Steve Georganas. Funding opportunity for multicultural organisations A dedicated funding stream for multicultural organisations’ infrastructure improvements is available from the Victorian Government, offering a total of $9.5 million in large and small grants to support projects commencing in the 2018-19 financial year. The small grants will cover requests between $500 and $100,000 to be used for minor fitouts or upgrades to existing community facilities. For instance, a community group can apply for up to $10,000 towards the purchase or upgrade of depreciating assets such as fridges and microwaves. The large grants will respond to requests of $100,001 – $750,000 for major upgrades of existing facilities or towards the construction of new facilities. The Victorian Government calls all culturally diverse community groups, organisations and regionallybased associations to apply for the Multicultural Com- munity Infrastructure Fund. Criteria includes: a current Australian Business Number (ABN), being a not-forprofit entity, are registered under the Commonwealth Corporations Act 2001 or the Victorian Associations Incorporation Reform Act 2012. Applications and expressions of interest can be submitted until 11.59 pm, Friday 22 February 2019, allowing organisations to undertake sufficient planning of their projects. To find out more about the program and eligibility, or lodge an application, visit multicultural.vic.gov.au If you need assistance call the Grants Information Line on 1300 366 356, from 8.30 am and 5.00 pm weekdays. Mirene won first place in the Victorian state Rostrum Voice of Youth public speaking competition, part of a national annual event that Rostrum clubs have been running since 1975, with over 2,000 participating students from 500 schools all over Australia. Representing Good News Lutheran College at the state finals in Melbourne last Sunday, the young talent stood out among 15 or so finalists, with the win also paving the way to the national final to be held in Perth on 28 July. Speaking to Neos Kosmos, Mirene says she is up for the challenge, but most importantly feels satisfied for making it this far, and proud to represent the younger Greek Australian generation in the competition. "The way I see it, it's not just me representing my school, but I also feel I'm representing Greece in the competition. I am really proud of my Greek descent," she explains. Her parents hail from Kalambaka, where she was born before coming to Melbourne at a young age. Mirene competed in the Rostrum competition’s Senior Division (Years 10-12) presenting a prepared eight-minute speech along with a threeminute impromptu speech on a given topic at the time. Her performance was assessed based on criteria related to both the impact on the intellect, such as language and content, as well the impact on emotion, including the elements visual impact and audience appeal. When asked to share tips for aspiring participants in the competition, Mirene says "Firstly, have a go and try it. Whether you go up there and do great or horrible, at least you've tested your skills and learnt something new." She adds that when in competition it's important to make sure that you read the criteria carefully to ensure your speech includes everything you are being assessed on. "Finally, when you do any kind of public speaking, be it in a competition or class or wherever, I would say simply be calm and have confidence in yourself." Whatever the path she chooses to follow in her studies, Mirene is adamant she will continue being involved in public speaking, reiterating that this has given her the opportunity to feel she is representing Greek Australian youth. "Greece is still alive amongst our youth," she says. "If I could give a message to the young generation of Greek Australians, I would encourage them to step out there and learn about our culture and proudly represent being Greek." Melbourne women determined to make change Women’s Committee of the Greek Dimocritus League joins forces with Cr Georgina Papafotiou and Dr Eleni Kalambouka to set up a centre for victims of violence and campaign for change in legislation The Women's Committee of the Greek Democritus League is hosting an event tomorrow, Sunday 1 July, launching a campaign to change legislation for repeat criminal offenders. Presented by City of Brimbank councillor Georgina Papafotiou, a petition, which will need 10,000 signatures, will be addressed to the Legislative Assembly, requesting harsher penalties for repeat criminal offenders, and the review of current intervention orders. Cr Papafotiou had shared PHOTO: RAWPIXEL/ UNSPLASH her personal experience as a victim of crime at a previous Democritus Women event on International Women's Day in March, which resulted in several victims coming forward and supporting her goals. Apart from the petition, Cr Papafotiou aims to use her position and voice in the community to establish a Violence Crisis Support Centre for all victims of any form of violence. Joining Cr Papafotiou on Sunday will be Dr Helen Kalaboukas, who was also part of the International Women's Day event in her capacity as a psychologist, offering insight on domestic (family) violence and how it is dealt with by women today. Democritus calls for all community organisations, clubs and other community groups to attend and actively participate in the discussion to improve safety laws in our community by assisting to collect signatures for the petition. The event takes place tomor- row, Sunday 1 July at 2.15 pm, at the Democritus Cultural Centre of Dimokritos (583 High St, Northcote, VIC). Dr Helen Kalaboukas will take part in tomorrow’s Democritus event.
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