The views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the policy position of the Hellenic Community Committee.
The Berbatis family has had a masterplan prepared for the 10.6 ha (26.2 acres) site in Dianella which has been owned by the Hellenic Community of Western Australia (HCWA) since the 1990s. The site has since 1992 comprised three lots occupied by the St Andrews Grammar School, Hellenic Community Aged Care and a vacant lot located at the corner of Alexander Drive and Hellenic Drive.
The site and its facilities are owned by the HCWA, and the Masterplan assumes that there will be no change for that arrangement in the future.
The aim is to create an integrated plan for the future that will allow facilities and activities on the sight to be expanded, improved and managed in a financially sustainable way.
The Masterplan has been developed since 2017 by a team of experienced educational and property development professionals together with element urban and town planning design group (Link November 2020: https://www.elementwa.com.au/).
The ongoing development of the Masterplan has been supported by the Trustees from 2018 to 2020. Earlier versions of the Masterplan have been reported to two sessions of community leaders held in 2019 and 2020 organised by the HCWA and submitted to the Committees of the HCWA. The full Masterplan report will soon be available.
Many schools and aged care facilities offer a range of primary and allied health, recreational and lifestyle opportunities not currently available at the Dianella site.
Up until now, all buildings for both the school and aged care are single storied. Given that registration standards for both specify the number of square metres per student or resident it follows that future growth in accommodation and supporting facilities should include multi-storied buildings where possible and appropriate.
It is envisaged that medical and allied health facilities, extended day care and recreation facilities including a swimming pool are examples of enhancements that can be delivered in the near future. The HCWA Dianella Masterplan Option 8b shows the Dianella site divided into six lots. The school and aged care comprise two of the six lots. The school through its lessee entity St Andrews Grammar Inc (SAG Inc) does not pay rent to the lessor the HCWA.
Both SAGS and Hellenic Aged Care will need to offer facilities and activities being commonly offered elsewhere.
Many schools and aged care facilities offer a range of primary and allied health, recreational and lifestyle opportunities many of which are shown in the Dianella Masterplan Option 8b at the Dianella site.
Up until now, all buildings for both the school and aged care are single storied. Given that registration standards for both specify the number of square metres per student or resident it follows that future growth in accommodation and supporting facilities should include multi-storied buildings where possible and appropriate
The Masterplan report shows how the community can choose new and better options for the future. It describes a range of activities and facilities that could be delivered over time whilst minimising the debt burden on the community. It is envisaged that medical and allied health facilities, extended day care and recreation facilities including a swimming pool are examples of enhancements that can be delivered in the near future.
It is proposed each of the remaining four lots (child care, swim centre, medical and allied health and allied aged care) will be developed for lessees who each has a long term lease with the Hellenic Community. The process and estimated costs of developing, the resulting revenues from the leased lots and estimated asset values are included in the report. They result in a good annual yield and much increased asset value for the HCWA.
The keys to unlocking the value of the Dianella land are discussed in the report.
The Masterplan shows how the Community can choose new and better options for the future of the HCWA in both financial and community aspects. The report describes a range of activities and facilities that could be delivered over time whilst minimising the debt burden on the community.
This is one of several professional reports commissioned by the Berbatis family for the better financial future of the Hellenic Community of WA.
These will be reported in coming issues of the HCWA eNews.
Michael Megaw, registered lobbyist and educational consultant
Michael Megaw and Con Berbatis
We acknowledge the expertise of David Read and Renee Young of the Element Group and of Keith Somers Director of B and S Property Consultants
On Tuesday 1st December 2020, the Annual Christmas Party of the Hellenic Community Aged Care was held at the Atrium Buffet Crown Perth. Over 80 staff and volunteers and their partners gathered for this Christmas Extravaganza. The glamour of the venue decorated in festive lights and decorations made for the perfect festive setting and celebration.
Present were also the Management Committee of the Hellenic Community of WA who shared the festivities. The President of the Community, Mr Byron Spartalis, presented awards and gifts to staff and volunteers for their continual services to the Aged Care.
The staff, volunteers and Management Committee of the Hellenic Community Aged Care wish all their residents, their families and members of the Hellenic Community of WA all the very best for the festive season.
President Byron Spartalis with award winners Ibrahim, Sneha, Grace, Harinet, and Jordan
Site Manager - Yemi Asfaw, John Metaxas, President - Byron Spartalis, and Vice President - Vassilis Hatzidakis
The Feast Day of St Andrew the First- Called Apostle was celebrated with splendor at St. Andrew’s Grammar
Today we celebrated the Feast Day of St Andrew, the First- Called Apostle, at St. Andrew’s Grammar with the celebration of the Divine Liturgy in the presence of His Grace Bishop Elpidios of Kyaneon.
All students and teachers attended the service as well as the Consul of Greece, Mrs Georgia Karasiotou.
His Grace reminded the students that the Apostle Andrew is not only the Patron Saint of St. Andrew’s Grammar but also the Patron Saint of our Theological College in Sydney and the Founder of the Mother Church in Constantinople. His Grace asked everyone to remember in their prayers the Ecumenical Patriarchate as well as Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew and reminded all of the historical visit that His All-Holiness made to St. Andrew’s Grammar in November 1996.
Following His Grace’s words, students came forward and recited passages relating to the life of St Andrew, the First called Apostle.
On Monday 30th November, St. Andrew's Grammar parents, staff and School Board members came together to farewell Principal Craig Monaghan and family at Yefsi Greek Restaurant in Northbridge. The evening was heartfelt and sentimental as his departure draws closer. Everyone feasted on beautiful Greek food, compliments to the chef, and to top the night the P&F arrangement for a traditional send off performance from the Wairua Tipuna Indigenous Performing Arts Group from the Ngatiporou Tribe.
Those who have been at the school for more than two years would have seen the dramatic transformation and growth of the school during this time. Significantly in the increased number of new students and families, extensive upgrades to the school grounds and our new partnership with Perth Glory. During Craig's time as Principal he has impacted many families, students and staff in a very positive way.
The P&F Association is very grateful to have worked closely with Craig and extremely appreciative of his hard work, dedication and passion towards students, parents, staff, the school as a whole and everything in between!!
We wish Craig, Katia and family all the best in their next chapter in life!!
The Consul of Greece in Perth makes First Official Visit to the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese Offices in WA
The Consul of Greece in Perth, Mrs Georgia Karasiotou, made her first official visit to the new offices of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese in WA and of St Basil’s Aged Care Services, which both are located in the same building, on Monday the 30th of November.
The Consul was warmly welcomed by His Grace Bishop Elpidios of Kyaneon who updated her on various matters pertaining to the Archdiocese in Perth and stated how we now await for the arrival of His Eminence Archbishop Makarios of Australia to come and conduct the official blessing of the complex.
The CEO of St Basil’s, Mrs Anthea Mcguigan outlined to the Consul the overview of St Basil’s Aged Care and the opportunities at working together.
His Grace introduced to the Consol the Archdiocese Advisor, Mr Theo Gakelos, and outlined his role in assisting His Grace.
Η Πρόξενος της Ελλάδας στην Πέρθη, κ. Γεωργία Καρασιώτου, πραγματοποίησε, τη Δευτέρα, την πρώτη επίσημη επίσκεψή της στα νέα γραφεία της Ιεράς Αρχιεπισκοπής στη Δυτική Αυστραλία, καθώς και στα γραφεία της Μονάδας Φροντίδας Ηλικιωμένων “Βασιλειάδα”, τα οποία συστεγάζονται στο ίδιο κτίριο.
Την Πρόξενο υποδέχθηκε θερμά ο Θεοφιλέστατος Επίσκοπος Κυανέων κ. Ελπίδιος, ο οποίος την ενημέρωσε για διάφορα θέματα που αφορούν την Ιερά Αρχιεπισκοπή στην Πέρθη και δήλωσε πως αναμένεται με ανυπομονησία η άφιξη του Σεβασμιωτάτου Αρχιεπισκόπου Αυστραλίας κ.κ. Μακαρίου, για να πραγματοποιήσει τα επίσημα εγκαίνια του συγκροτήματος.
Η Διευθύνων Σύμβουλος της “Βασιλειάδας”, κ. Anthea McGuigan, περιέγραψε στην κ. Καρασιώτου τις βασικές πτυχές του προγράμματος φροντίδας ηλικιωμένων, καθώς και τις δυνατότητες συνεργασίας μεταξύ της “Βασιλειάδας” και του Προξενείου της Ελλάδας.
Επίσης, ο Θεοφιλέστατος κ. Ελπίδιος σύστησε στην Πρόξενο τον κ. Θεόδωρο Γιάκελο, ο οποίος περιέγραψε το ρόλο του ως σύμβουλος του Θεοφιλεστάτου.
Τέλος, η κ. Καρασιώτου ξεναγήθηκε στους χώρους του υπερσύγχρονου συγκροτήματος και συγκεκριμένα στις αίθουσες σεμιναρίων και στη μεγάλη αίθουσα τελετών.