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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 27 October 2018
NEWS 6 THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 27 OCTOBER 2018 DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM Spiro Boursinos’ mourning mother wants answers “It’s unfair, he shouldn’t have died that way,” says Christine Boursinos Matthew Guy speaking at this year’s Greek National Day celebrations. PHOTO: SUPPLIED Matthey Guy pledges to make Evzones visit to Melbourne an annual event The Liberal National party has vowed to financially support the Greek Presidential Guard to visit Melbourne every year to participate in Greek National Day celebrations if Matthew Guy is elected Premier of Victoria. The state opposition leader acknowledged that Melbourne is home to hundreds of thousands of people of Greek descent, with a proud heritage. "A government I lead will work to support the Greek community's recognition of its history, as well as its ties to Australia, by ensuring the Evzones come to Melbourne every year," said Mr Guy. The Greek Presidential Guard is a ceremonial infantry unit that guards the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and the Presidential Mansion in the Greek capital. Since 2016, Evzones have travelled to Australia for the past three years to attend Greek National Day celebrations and ANZAC Day commemorations in Melbourne, Sydney, and Adelaide, each time welcomed with a huge turnout. "When the Evzones came to Melbourne earlier this year, there was an enormous swell of pride among our Greek community," said Mr Guy. "I want to see that continue every year." Bentleigh Greek Orthodox Community gets upgrade thanks to state funding The Greek Orthodox Parish of Saints Raphael, Nicholas and Irene has received a funding boost of $32,500 from the Victorian Labor Government. The grant is part of the Multicultural Community Infrastructure Fund allocated to support culturally diverse communities to feel connected with their traditional culture as they participate in and contribute to wider society. The Bentleigh Greek Orthodox Community will be putting the money towards improvements in the church, as well as its hall. The upgrades to the hall, which is currently used by a senior citizens group, will include air-conditioning, kitchen appliances, tables, along with a safety rail installed in the church. "This funding will strengthen community participation in our vibrant multicultural society and have an enduring impact on the character and infrastructure of our State," said Minister for Multicultural Affairs Robin Scott. Member for Bentleigh and fellow Greek Australian Nick Staikos said St Raphael's Greek Orthodox Church is at the centre of Bentleigh's Greek community. "I am proud that the An- drews Labor Government is making a contribution to them," he said. "By working together with local multicultural communities, we can build a society where everyone belongs, feels accepted and can freely participate and contribute." Boursinos’ mother, Christine and sister Helen Politis. PHOTO: 9NEWS ZOE THOMAIDOU What Christine Boursinos is going through these days is any parent's worst nightmare coming true. Her son Spiro - founder of popular music festival Earthcore - passed away while in police custody at a Melbourne bar last Saturday, leaving his family devastated and demanding for answers over the conditions of the incident currently under investigation. "What I feel is beyond words. I'm disappointed and sad [...] "Last time I saw him everything was fine, he left the house Friday afternoon and next thing I knew on Saturday morning the police was knocking on my door... He went there [to the bar] around 7pm on Friday and since that time up until his death I don't know what happened, I have no clue," Ms Boursinos told Neos Kosmos. The man who is credited for initiating one of the biggest alternative community followings within Australia's electronic dance scene breathed his last breath at Elsternwick's Antique Bar, where his mother said he was spending a night of celebration with a friend, after securing a new site for his festival. According to a police statement, officers arrived at the premises around 2.15 am, following calls about an abusive patron. Spiro Boursinos, already being held down by other patrons, was handcuffed by authorities and lost consciousness before the ambulance arrived at the scene. "Police attempted to revive the man until Ambulance Victoria arrived and took over. "Despite the efforts of emergency service personnel, the man died at the scene," Victoria Police spokeswoman, Leading Senior Constable Melissa Seach said. Still numb from the news, the 45-year-old's family is in desperate search for answers. "It's unfair, he shouldn't have died that way. We are still waiting for the post-mortem examination results, so we don't know what happened exactly,” Ms Boursinos said on Tuesday. "[...] but he was surrounded by people and being left to die in their hands, the fact that the ambulance was not there earlier makes me even more frustrated... "It hurts so much, it's not as if there was a car accident where you say something was wrong with the car and he died. He was there surrounded by people,” the mourning mother says, adding that an earlier call to emergency services could have prevented the tragic outcome. With a police probe over the incident underway, authori- Earthcore, founded by Mr Boursinos in 1993, has grown to be one of the biggest music festivals in Australia attracting thousands of visitors every year. PHOTO: FACEBOOK (EARTHCORE) ties have already obtained Antique Bar's CCTV footage from the night and urge any witness with video evidence to come forward, while the investigation is conducted by the homicide squad, overseen by the Professional Standards Command. Boursinos' relatives are also exploring options for a separate private investigation, hoping for answers that will give the family much-needed closure. While not excluding the possibility of taking legal action, Ms Boursinos explains that they would first need to see the CCTV footage before drawing any conclusions. "I want to learn about every little detail, I want to know exactly what happened from the time he entered the bar to the moment of his death." Meanwhile, reports fol- lowing the incident suggest that Spiro’s past heart issues might have played a role in his death. "It was many years ago that he experienced some heart issues, but this was minor. He wasn't even prescribed any medication, it was nothing serious," explains Ms Boursinos. Her words pay tribute to her son's generosity and hardworking spirit. "He was just full of life and focused on his business [...] "He had philotimo and was truly generous and willing to help, never cared about making money. He'd been doing this job for 25 years now, started the business on his own. He was staying with me at the house, so I know of all the things he went through because of his work; it was difficult and quite a competitive industry, but he loved it too much and didn't want to stop [...]" Having entertained thousands since 1993 through his creation of Earthcore festival, Spiro is considered a pioneer in the alternative dance music scene as we know it today in Australia and the so called "bush doof" culture. His death has saddened former colleagues, friends and members of the electronic dance music community who posted on social media acknowledging his contribution. Spiro Boursinos. PHOTO: FACEBOOK "Sad to hear of the passing of colourful industry identity Spiro Boursine,” Frank Cotela, event promoter and director of Totem-Onelove Group wrote on Twitter. While a Facebook post by managing director of Dark Riddims, Jimmy Barber reads: "Today the Australian electronic music scene lost a polarising icon. Love him or hate him, he was still an icon and RIP Spiro."
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