Media Release

22 November 2018

Guy: Funding local Greek Orthodox parishes

Thursday 22 November 2018

Funding local Greek Orthodox parishes

The Liberal Nationals will assist the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese in Melbourne undertake upgrades at parishes across the city by providing $520,000 worth of funding grants.

The upgrades will include security measures like CCTV cameras and various capital works to the parishes’ community halls, including kitchens and toilet upgrades.

The Greek Orthodox community has a proud history in Victoria with approximately 30,000 worshippers attending church weekly.

The parishes earmarked for funding are:

  • St Eustathios in South Melbourne – security upgrade, church hall kitchen and toilet upgrade.
  • Sts Raphael Nicholas & Irene, Bentleigh – security upgrade and upgrade to Parish Hall.
  • Sts Anargiri, Oakleigh – completion of the war memorial.
  • Sts Constantine & Helen, South Yarra – security upgrade.
  • Archangels, Parkdale – security upgrade, interior renovations.
  • Theofania, Frankston – renovations to the church hall and security upgrade.

Comments attributable to Leader of the Liberal Party, Matthew Guy:

“In the Greek Orthodox community, church parishes aren’t just places of worship, they’re meeting places, places of fellowship and community support.

The Greek Orthodox parishes play a significant role in their communities, teaching Greek language, culture and history, supporting the elderly, and providing outreach services.

This funding will mean that the Greek Orthodox Church can continue its important work in the community.”