MELBOURNE – The Hellenic Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (HACCI) hosted a luncheon at the Press Club in Melbourne to honor Australian Minister for Regional Australia, Regional Development and Local Government and Minister for the Arts Simon Crean in appreciation for his support of the Greek Australian community over many years. HACCI decided to honor every individual who has played a significant role in its history and is still offering ongoing support, such as former presidents, and foundation members.
Attending the HACCI Luncheon were Consul General for Greece in Melbourne, Eleni Liainidou; Nicholas Mylonas, President, HACCI; Bill Papastergiadis, President, Greek Orthodox Community of Melbourne and Victoria; Harry Stamoulis, Chairman, Hellenic Museum; Helen O’Neil, Advisor to the Minister for the Arts; HACCI Board members and members of Greek Australian business and community organizations. Mylonas thanked Crean for being a “great Philhellene” s and for supporting the Greek-Australian community.
Papastergiadis also thanked Mr Crean for his, and the Federal Government’s financial support for the construction of the Antipodes Centre for Greek Culture, Heritage and Language in Melbourne, which is to commence later this year and presented him with a commemorative plaque. Crean said he appreciated the recognition and acknowledged that the current bilateral trade between Australia and Greece is comparatively low with other countries. He added that there are real opportunities for Australia to increase trading opportunities with Greece for the betterment of both economies and in particular the Greek economy which is experiencing tough times.