President of Palesviaki Enosis of Melbourne says property sale marks a ‘new chapter’

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The President and Committee of the Palesviaki Enosis of Melbourne and Victoria have today issued a statement after the sale of its property at Bayswater for $6.8 million. 

The 3.22 hectares property at 26 Waldheim Road, Bayswater, had been a gathering place and entertainment venue for Melbourne’s Lesvian community for about 43 years, but the area and the age of the venue were financially loss-making.

In the statement on Facebook, the President John Karanikolas and Committee said whilst the sale is “disheartening,” it is time to relocate.

“Palesviaki Enosis of Melbourne and Victoria, our club, is more than just a piece of land—it’s a community. A community of individuals who wish for our traditions to continue,” the statement reads.

“We’re all aware that the only way to ensure this, is by working together and by engaging the younger generation to carry on our traditions. We firmly believe that our community transcends physical boundaries; it resides in each of us who cherish our heritage.”

The statement then went on to thank Club members for their support throughout the sale process, as well as solicitor Peter Mitrakas.

“Ultimately, we respected the majority decision of our members to sell the property and we proceeded with the sale,” the statement reads.

“Throughout this journey, we’ve strived to honour our members’ requests and valued their input throughout the process of selling the property, keeping them informed every step of the way.”

The President and Committee said they will continue to safeguard the Lesvian cultural heritage for future generations.

“This marks the beginning of a new chapter in our club’s narrative, ensuring the longevity of our club, and the preservation of our cherished traditions, destined to be honoured for many years to come no matter our physical location,” the statement concluded.

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