The decision on Friday by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe’s Culture Committee condemning Turkey’s move to convert Hagia Sophia in Istanbul from a museum into a mosque was hailed by the Greek delegation head, Dora Bakoyannis, as Europe’s response to Turkey’s “systematic violations of democratic principles and values.”
In a Facebook post, Bakoyannis said both Greek and Cypriot delegations have been raising awareness and mobilizing members of the Parliamentary Assembly for months.
“Turkey’s unilateral decision was condemned as unacceptable and incomprehensible, as a divisive move of discrimination contrary to all the principles of the Council,” she said.
Hagia Sophia was built in the 6th century as a Greek Orthodox Christian cathedral and was converted into a mosque after the Ottomans conquered Constantinople, now Istanbul, in 1453. The Turkish government turned it into a museum in 1934.
The rescheduled Annual General Meeting for 2020 was held at the Hellenic Community Centre on Sunday 22 November 2020. The Notices of meeting were sent by post or email to members and links provided to the Annual Report for 2019 and Audited Annual Accounts for 2019.
There were 81 financial members plus some observers present.
Members voted to honour Dennis (Sakis) Pilarinos with ‘Life Membership’ of the Hellenic Community.
Sakis Pilarinos ‘Life Membership’ was recommended by: President of the Hellenic Community, Byron Spartalis; Secretary, Maria Gogos; Treasurer, Dimitrios Tsokos; Committee member Socrates Bakaimis; and former President, Savvas Papasavvas.
Denis has broadcast for the last 46 years in support of our Community. Presenting programs of music, news, and current issues of interest to Hellenic Community members. Denis commenced broadcasting from the Good Neighbor’s Council in Perth.
Those early years were extremely hard. There was very limited access to news items, together with the Late Arthur Athans and limited resources, he accessed music and news for broadcast. At one stage, Denis and Arthur had to travel to Fremantle to prerecording their Greek Programs.
When programs increased to 5 hours each week Denis became responsible for training volunteers as console operators and to go “on air”.
For many years, the Hellenic Community had a very dedicated team of presenters and console operators. Denis was constantly on the road traveling from home to the station without reimbursement for traveling expenses, because of his dedication to putting the Greek programs “to air”.
Denis approached members of our Community to advertise on the programs to cover the monthly air-time broadcasting fees. Along with radio team, he organized and successfully ran Radiothons to help the Community with the Greek Radio program expenses.
Denis was elected Secretary of 6EBA Radio Station Council and held the position for 4 years before resigning and ending his long association with Radio Station 6EBA-FM
Science, Engineering, Technology, and Engineering Building:
The Annual General Meeting approved a motion for the construction of a STEM building at St Andrew’s Grammar subject to certain conditions set by the Hellenic Community Committee and provided a feasibility study is submitted to and approved at the Annual General Meeting in 2021.
Questions on notice:
To keep the meeting ‘on-time’ the Committee agreed to take member questions on-notice and publish responses in the eNews.
Question on-notice and responses appear below
Question: How could the aged care turn around in 12 months?
Answer: In the 10 months to October 2020 the deficit declined from ($252,146) to ($32,223). In the 4 months to October 2020, there is a surplus of $73,741.
Question: What was the profit and loss for Greek Festival?
Answer: The loss was $6,760. An excellent result for a Festival over 10 days with such a wide range of cultural events.
Stall hire $8,405
Question: Can you present an income to assets ratio for the Community?
Answer: Income to assets is not a reliable measure for any Hellenic Community entities. Note 1(c) to the accounts reports each class of property plant and equipment is carried at cost or fair value less, where applicable, any accumulated depreciation and impairment losses. For instance, the value of the Church building is no longer recorded in the accounts, it was depreciated from the accounts after 40 years.
Question: Can we have an interim report for 2020 giving the time lapse since the reports for 2019?
Answer: In the 9 months to 30 September 2020 both the Hellenic Community and St Andrew’s Grammar are in surplus. These are Auditor reviewed figures.
Hellenic Community for the 9 months to 30 September 2020:
St. Andrew’s Grammar Inc for the 9 months to 30 September 2020:
Question: On what dates and how were members advised of special resolutions for the meeting?
Answer: Notices were sent by posted on 4 November 2020. Email notices were sent on 5 November 2020.
Question: What were the legal fees for 2019 and purpose for those fees?
Answer: $39,606.30 with $39,210.30 paid to Cullen Macleod for revisions of constitutions for Hellenic Community of Western Australia Inc., Hellenic Community Benevolent Association Inc. and St Andrew’s Grammar Inc.
Effie Mazgaltzidis, Arthur Mistillis and Catherine Papanastasiou were elected Trustees with four year terms and join existing Trustees Con Bebatis and George Georgiou.
Left to right: Effie Mazgaltzidis, Arthur Mistillis and Catherine Papanastasiou
Dimosthenis Kalaitzis, Chris Mazgaltzidis, Vasilios Christopoulos, Marios Theodorou and Helen Christopher were elected to the Election Committee.
Left to right: Dimosthenis Kalaitzis, Chris Mazgaltzidis, Vasilios Christopoulos, Marios Theodorou, and Helen Christopher
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.