The Inner West Council in Sydney, Australia has announced that the newly named "Little Greece" precinct in the suburb of Marrickville will be officially launched at the Alex Trevallion Plaza, Marrickville, Saturday 18 June, from 1pm.
In October 2020, Time Out magazine declared Marrickville the ''tenth coolest'' suburb in the world, following a global survey.
So, its no surprise that the very suburb that saw the majority of Sydney's Greeks flock to and contribute to its establishment and development with such an esteemed world ranking, be acknowledged last year by Inner West Mayor Darcy Byrne.
“Council has just voted to rename the Marrickville Rd Precinct as “Little Greece” 🇬🇷 This is about respecting our migrant heritage and continuing to build our multicultural future. To all the Greek Australians who have built Marrickville into one of the best places on earth we say simply, Efharisto 🙏🏼,” he announced on Facebook last year.
Marrickville has always been the home for the Greek community, where Greeks would go to the Deli’s or continental grocers, hang out at the kafenia or attend Greek School, church or political meetings.
“The Hellenic diaspora has done more to build multiculturalism in the Inner West as any other group. The contribution of Greek migrants over more than half a century has been central to making the Inner West the birthplace of Australian multiculturalism,” Inner West Mayor Darcy Byrne previously told Greek City Times.
To this day if you walk down Marrickville Road or Illawarra Road, you will hear Greek being spoken everywhere.
“Whilst Melbourne is famous as a Greek population centre, the truth is the Greek migrants in Marrickville have been there longer than any part of Australia. It is so important we recognise the contribution they have made…expressing thanks and respect to all of the Greek migrants and the descendants who have made it the Inner West it is today,” Byrne concluded.
Everyone's invited to join the free community celebrations to mark the official launch of Little Greece, but needs to register HERE Registration at Alex Trevallion Plaza (1pm to 1.30pm) for official proceedings, followed by an inclusive procession to The Great Club. RSVP essential by Wednesday 15 June