The funding towards Australia’s largest Greek population continues with Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos announcing on Wednesday that a re-elected Labor administration will provide $2.5 million for the creation of a Greek seniors and youth centre.

“This investment acknowledges that in every way, our Greek communities have made Victoria stronger and more successful,” Minister Mikakos said explaining that the centre could house community, educational and cultural facilities, offering services dedicated to both Greek seniors and young people.

The funds will be provided to the Greek Orthodox Community of Melbourne and Victoria (GOCMV) that will determine the exact location and specifications of the centre as Labor believes that “it is essential the funding is administered by the Greek community and for the Greek community”.

“It’s important to make investments in facilities that connect young people with our Greek heritage and traditions,” added Bentleigh MP Nick Staikos.

This funding comes in addition to the Government’s $600,000 previous commitment over four years to the Lonsdale Street Greek Festival and to the $337,000 it has allocated towards the Parthenon Frieze replica expansion for the Greek Centre on Lonsdale Street.

“The older Greek generations have given so much to Victoria – it’s only fitting we invest in facilities to support them,” said Oakleigh MP Steve Dimopoulos.