The Central Pontian Association of Melbourne and Victoria (Pontiaki Estia) has received a pledge of $48,000 in case an Albanian Labor government is elected, which will get them back to work as they strive to keep their Pontian culture alive .
Peter Khalil, the federal Labor member for wills, announced Friday that this funding will allow the community to remain a cultural hub where members of the local community come together to discuss, socialize and host events celebrating Pontian culture. and bring people together.
“Since the 1970s, Pontiaki Estia has been a place where our local Greek-Australian community comes together to celebrate culture. Nearly 50 years later, the organization is still an integral part of the lives of so many people and families and I am proud that a Labor government would be committed to supporting the organisation,” said Mr Khalil.
Pontiaki Estia was founded in 1976 after Greek-Australians recognized the need to keep their Pontian culture alive in a new country. It quickly became the social center for Greek-Australians and a place for exploring and celebrating Pontian’s history, culture and traditions.
The Shadow Minister for Multicultural Affairs, Andrew Giles, emphasized that “The team Anthony Albanese leads understands that the Pontian community in Melbourne and across the country plays a vital role in making Australia the most successful multicultural society in the world.
“We are committed to listening to and acting on the needs of multicultural communities. This announcement is part of our plan to ensure a brighter future for culturally and linguistically diverse Australians.”