Abbot axe to hit Greek speaking communities

Tony Burke, Member for Watson is disgusted that Greek speaking communities have been targeted by the Abbott Axe in only the first three months of the Abbott Government.


Funding that was announced long before the election for the Sydney Multicultural Arts and Sports Precinct at Belmore Sports Ground is now in limbo.

“All parties were working on the basis that this funding had been locked in a long time ago. It would be a massive betrayal to multicultural communities in Sydney if this important project were to be cut.” Mr Burke said.

This precinct would provide a perfect home for the celebration of Greek music, art, poetry and performance. It would also provide a permanent home for Sydney Olympic Football Club with a seating area on Peter Moore Field.

In a further reflection of the Abbott Government’s out of date values that ignore the great strengths of Australia's diverse communities, local organisations are at risk of losing thousands of dollars in funding because of the Abbott Government’s cuts to the Building Multicultural Communities Program.

The Greek Orthodox Parish & Community of Burwood & District Saint Nectarios were granted funds to build a shade area over their heritage building have now been told their funding is under review.

“Before the election Tony Abbott never told anyone he was going to do this. This is obviously not the Government they said they would be.” said Mr Burke.