During their visit to Darwin, the Greek Ambassador met with Northern Territory Administrator John Hardy, Multiculturalism and Employment Minister Peter Styles, Education Minister Peter Chandler, local Parliament President Kezia Purick, Lord Mayor of Darwin Katrina Fong Lim, the Greek Community and several individual Greek-Australian organizations.
Dafaranos noted that all his contacts with the political and state leadership of the Northern Territory showed their appreciation to the Greek-Australian community, the second-largest ethnic population group, which is distinguished for its dynamism, diligence and social contribution.
The Greek Ambassador also discussed with Speaker Purick for the perspective parliamentary recommendation to form a friendship group with Greece, which does not currently exist. Furthermore, he discussed the possibility of enhancing the newly established Greek Studies Department at the University Charles Darwin with the Education Minister.
Haris and Eva Dafaranos visited the Greek Studies Department at Charles Darwin University, where they met with Vice Rector Prof. Giselle Byrnes and deputy Professor Dr. George Frazis, while the Ambassador gave a public lecture on philhellenism.
On June 6, the couple visited the annual traditional Greek-Australian “Glendi” festival that hosts around 50,000 visitors per year, as well as the Greek-Australian Paspaley Group, based in Darwin.