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Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram “This is a story about people not just a building. Buildings are made of bricks and mortar, but to put each of those bricks in place takes time and human effort.“Tonight we tell a story not only about the building that has been built, but more importantly, the people that, in a metaphorical sense, put each brick in place.”That was Bill Papastergiadis, president of the Greek Community of Melbourne’s first words as he unveiled to the community the foundations of The Greek Centre for Contemporary Culture. Still under construction, level one of the Greek Centre – which will host theatre and music performances in the future – was transformed into a function space for the evening, giving attendees a sneak peek at the Greek Centre and the expansive wrap around terrace with views over Russell and Lonsdale Street. More than 150 people attended the Foundation Benefactors event on Tuesday night, ahead of the official launch of the Greek Centre for Contemporary Culture at 168 Lonsdale Street scheduled for later this year. So far, almost $850,000 has been pledged with the promise of further support to come. Yet, Mr Papastergiadis tells Neos Kosmos the money is secondary to the “engagement and broadening the basis of the Greek Community of Melbourne”.“The money is really secondary to us because if we can win over their interest and affection then the rest follows,” he says.On the night, he says he feels that people really connected with the community which is what the GCM were looking towards and says “our job now is to continue that connection and to develop it which is what we are really excited about”.All funds raised will go initially to the fit out of the centre itself and ensure that the centre is as debt free as possible for future generations of Greek Australians, philhellenes and the wider Melbourne and Australian community.
Cape Byron State Conservation Area (SCA) was named the state’s top tourist attraction at the annual NSW Tourism Awards, held at Sydney’s Darling Harbour on Thursday 26 November.The Tourist Attraction Award recognised NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service’s efforts in attracting significant visitor numbers to the popular Cape Byron SCA, the most easterly point in Australia, in Byron Bay.Cape Byron SCA was chosen out of a strong field based on delivering excellence in areas including tourism services and experiences, business planning and innovation, marketing, customer service and sustainability.“We are thrilled with this award and recognition of attracting visitors to one of the most beautiful natural areas in our state,” said NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service Deputy Chief Executive, Michael Wright. “Cape Byron offers something for everyone, from incredible coastal views, walking tracks and lookouts, to the iconic Cape Byron Lighthouse and heritage accommodation.”NPWS also won the Aboriginal & Torres Strait Island Tourism category for the Arakwal Dolphin Dreaming education initiative in Cape Byron SCA. This award recognised NPWS’ achievements in demonstrating authenticity and integrity in fostering a greater understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture, history and traditions.Arakwal Dolphin Dreaming is a successful program that teaches children about the life and culture of Byron Bay’s Aboriginal people through story, dance and creative expression by Arakwal Aboriginal guides.“We are proud of our successful joint management of CBSCA with the local Aboriginal Arakwal People, and this award is testament to our commitment to education and cultural tourism initiatives,” said Michael Wright.The NSW Tourism Awards are presented by the Tourism Industry, a division of the NSW Business Chamber, and celebrate and acknowledge tourism businesses that have demonstrated outstanding achievement and success throughout the year.NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service also received several other accolades on the night, including:Specialised Tourism Services Award – Silver for Sea Acres Rainforest Centre in Port Macquarie, the immersive gateway to Sea Acres National ParkUnique Accommodation Award – Bronze for Byron Bay Cottages, located in Cape Byron State Conservation AreaDestination Marketing Award – Bronze for the Wild About Whales campaign, which encourages people to visit coastal national parks and spot migrating whalesCultural Tourism Award – Bronze for Convict Footprints on the Old Great North Road, a historical outdoor theatre production held in Dharug National Park NSW National Parks and Wildlife ServiceSource = NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service