The organization “Hellenic Australia Chamber of Commerce & Industry Inc. Northern Territory” (HACCI NT) was launched last week at Parliament House in Darwin.
Chief Minister of the Northern Territory Michael Gunner assisted in the establishment of the HACCI NT by hosting members of the Hellenic Australian community, and the wider NT business community, at the event.
In his speech, Gunner commended the vital economic and social contribution the Hellenic community has made to Australia’s Northern Territory.
The HACCI has been the common thread linking, promoting and strengthening relations between members of the Hellenic Australian business and professional communities, as well as facilitating a connection with the various levels of government in Australia, Greece and the broader community.
HACCI NT Chair Angela Tomazos echoed Gunner’s comments, saying that “whether it’s in construction and development, contributing to the academic landscape, creating and implementing government policy, or as business owners across the restaurant and cafe scene, it’s clear that Hellenic Australians in the Northern Territory have left their mark.”
“As a new organization, our board’s first priority is to consult with the Northern Territory’s Hellenic Australian business community to understand their needs, and to work with the HACCI Federation to support those endeavors,” she added.
HACCI Federation Chair Fotini Kypraios said she was proud of what the NT team had accomplished so far, and is looking forward to working with the organization into the future.
“HACCI Victoria has had a long-term goal to establish a national footprint, to establish a federation of HACCI chapters nationwide that could operate independently, but leverage the experience HACCI Victoria has gained over the years,” she remarked.
“Together we are stronger. HACCI NT is the first chapter of the national HACCI Federation and we look forward to collaborating and sharing this journey,” Kypraios added.