The Greek Orthodox Parish of Saint Nicholas in Marrickville has been at the centre of the Greek community life in the inner west for almost 60 years.
The Parish was established in 1961, coinciding with the first wave of Greek migrants to call Marrickville home. In 1975, Prime Minister Gough Whitlam attended the consecration of what was then the Greek Orthodox War Memorial Church, dedicated to Greek lives lost in the two World Wars.
Today, St Nicholas stands as a Marrickville architectural landmark, with its byzantine character and melodic bells.
Unfortunately, its copper dome finial is in urgent need of repair, after decades of service. Urgent funding is needed to protect this vital heritage asset for the Marrickville community. Along with my colleague Sophie Cotisis, Member for Canterbury, I recently meet with Father Christodoulous Economou to learn more about the important work conducted by the Parish during COVID.
I will continue to work with all levels of Government, the Parish and the Marrickville community to ensure this beautiful and growing parish remains a strong Marrickville institution and look forward to celebrating 60 years of St Nicholas and 200 years of Greek Independence in 2021.