Clean-up effort undertaken at iconic Greek Orthodox church in WA to reduce fire risk


Volunteer firefighters have carried out major clearing work around the iconic St John the Theologian Greek Orthodox church at Prevelly, Western Australia on Friday, June 16, to reduce fire risk.

According to a Facebook post by the Wallcliffe Volunteer Fire Brigade, the church “doesn’t have any permanent occupant” and so volunteer firefighters visited the building to remove fire hazards in the form of peppermint trees which had been growing around the area.

Father John Sullivan from the Greek Orthodox Church in Bunbury also assisted the volunteers on the day and fired up the BBQ at the station afterwards as a thank you to the troops.

“Your efforts are outstanding and a great example to all of us in relation to community spirit,” Father John later wrote under the fire brigade’s Facebook post.

St John the Theologian was built in the late 1970s by the late Corporal Geoff Edwards to commemorate the people and monks of the Holy Monastery of Preveli in Crete, who helped him and other servicemen survive the Battle of Crete in WWII. Mr Edwards also named the nearby seaside community ‘Prevelly’ in their honour.

The church was saved by firefighters in the devastating 2011 Roleystone bushfire, which saw 71 homes destroyed and an estimated 39 homes damaged.

READ MORE: Bill Evangel on why WA needs a designated war memorial for the Battle of Crete.




By subscribing you accept our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy.


Latest News

Identity and forgotten history hot topics at 2024 Greek Australian Writer’s Festival

Identity and forgotten history were hot topics at 2024 Greek Australian Writer's Festival. Read the full story here.

In the footsteps of Digenis Akritas: Melbourne exhibition celebrates Hellenic unity

A new Melbourne exhibition fosters a deeper understanding of the shared history and culture of Greeks from Cyprus.

Pericles Moustakas takes over as coach of Apollon FC Youth team

Apollon Football (Public) Ltd has announced the beginning of its collaboration with Greek-Cypriot Australian, Pericles Moustakas.

Economist Sophie Photios estimates 50 percent chance of recession for 2024

Macquarie economist Sophie Photios estimates there is a 50 percent chance of recession this year as the “trap” of high migration unwinds.

Apostolos Stamatelopoulos to play in A-League All Stars squad against Newcastle United

Newcastle Jets forward, Apostolos Stamatelopoulos has been confirmed to play in the A-League All Stars Men's squad ahead of the blockbuster clash against Premier...

You May Also Like

Maria Sakkari thriller sees her secure a spot in the Miami Open quarterfinals

Maria Sakkari has battled past her American opponent, Jessica Pegula, at the Miami Open to secure a spot in the quarterfinals.

The historical causes of the division in the diaspora

The Greeks are by nature inquisitive, hospitable, ambitious, honest, enthusiastic, compassionate, extremely communicative and pacifists.

Footballer Terry Antonis signs for Melbourne City FC

Midfielder, Terry Antonis has signed for Melbourne City FC for the 2023/24 season, bringing added experience to the squad.