Napthine and Andrews Celebrate at Greek Festival

Premier Denis Napthine

Victoria Premier Denis Napthine and Opposition Leader Daniel Andrews enjoyed good Greek food and folk dances at a Greek festival in Melbourne’s east on Sunday.

The Oakleigh Greek Glendi Festival is a big fiesta for the Greek Australian community and takes place at Warrawee Park. Last year, 20,000 people attended, enjoying Greek delicacies, dances and parades.

This year, the celebration took place during the first weekend of November, just 27 days from the state election. The two politicians took the opportunity to appeal to Melbourne’s large Greek community, and both promised to support the area financially.

Premier Napthine, alongside Planning Minister and member for Northern Metropolitan Matthew Guy, announced $200,000 to improve facilities in the area.

Opposition Leader Daniel Andrews promised $60,000 to fund the festival in Oakleigh if the Labor Party wins in the upcoming state election.

The event was washed out on Saturday evening but organizers were pleased with the turnout on Sunday.

According to Neos Kosmos, “the Oakleigh Greek Glendi – Unity Through Diversity Festival remains true to its name, celebrating the local community’s rich Hellenic culture, while endorsing and promoting the many other cultural identities that are present in the Australian population through social acceptance and unity.”