Hon John Castrilli MLA

Hon John Castrilli MLA

Former Minister for Local Government; Heritage; Citizenship and Multicultural Interests

    WA’s Castellorizian community celebrates centenary

    23/05/2012 12:00 AM
    • Longest-running Castellorizian association outside Greece celebrates 100 years
    • Association’s centenary celebrations partly funded by CGP

    Citizenship and Multicultural Interests Minister John Castrilli today congratulated the Castellorizian Association of Western Australia for nearly a century of service to Perth’s Greek and non-Greek communities.


    The Castellorizian Association was founded in 1912 and was the first Greek regional fraternity to have been formed anywhere in Australia.


    Mr Castrilli said the association catered for the social and cultural needs of Castellorizians in WA and over the years had displayed great determination and enterprise in building a new life in the State.


    “Through their hard work, Western Australians of Castellorizian descents have made significant contributions to the development of our economy, culture and society,” he said.


    “The association has been involved in fundraising efforts to support many local causes and events, including the first Greek Orthodox Church in Perth.”


    In commemoration of this month’s centenary, the association will hold a seven-day program of activities and functions, culminating in a centenary gala dinner on Saturday, May 26.


    The centenary celebrations have been part-funded by the State Government through the Office of Multicultural Interests’ Community Grants Program (CGP).  The CGP provides funding for programs and events that promote the benefits of cultural diversity and improve participation and equity for all Western Australians.


          Fact File

    • Centenary celebrations supported by a $4,435 grant through the CGP
    • The book Western Australia’s Castellorizian Connection: A Commemorative History of the First 100 years of the Castellorizian Association of WA 1912-2012 was launched in April 2012
    • More information can be found at http://castellorizowa2012centenary.net.au
    • Interviews & photos can be arranged by contacting Jim Manifis, president of the Castellorizian Association of WA, on 9443 2110

    Minister’s office - 6552 6600