2004 - 2008 John-Nikolakakis
Welcome to the Pancretan Association of Melbourne, Australia.  The Pancretan Association of Melbourne Victoria has been established since 1968 for the purpose of bringing together migrants of similar cultural backgrounds for mutual support and identity and cultural specific activities. We are a non-for profit community organisation situated in the City of Knox Wantirna South.

Our associations main aim is to sustain and promote moral, cultural and historical traditions as well as the language of the birthland of Crete through the creation and support of social events, celebrations of historic anniversaries, lectures, festivals, play performances, exhibitions, dancing performances as well as other educational programs on our Cretan-Hellenic culture.  Members of the Pancretan Association enjoy free access to all our educational programs.

The Pancretan Association proudly honours and promotes the history and cultural heritage of Greece and Crete and our ties to Australia and more specifically to Victoria to all of our members, the Hellenic community and the wider community of Victoria and Australia.  We commemorate ANZAC and Hellenic veterans and preserve a unique part of ANZAC history and stage annual events honouring the ANZAC and Greek veterans and their families.  These events are attended by military dignitaries and politicians. We are dedicated to continue to strengthen and commemorate these links.

Our Association has an extensive support base as we are affiliated with the Cretan Federation of Australia and New Zealand as well as The World Council of Cretans. We have strong supportive relationship with the Greek Community of Melbourne Victoria (GCOMV), Hellenic Australian Chamber of Commerce (HACCI), The 39’s Association, Second Second Field Regiment and The Return Services League.  We also have a good working relationship with the City of Knox, The Victoria Multicultural Commission and The National Youth Council.

As a community organisation we have and continue to support a number of local charities over the years with particular focus on children, health and education.  To date a total of $500.000 has been donated to local charities such as the Good Friday Appeal and the Anti Cancer Council. We also offer scholarships to several Victorian schools.

Our associations main aim is to sustain and promote moral, cultural and historical traditions as well as the language of the birthland of Crete through the creation and support of social events, celebrations of historic anniversaries, lectures, play performances, exhibitions, dancing performances as well as other educational activities.

The Pancretan Association would like to sincerely thank Delphi Bank one of our major sponsors as well as our voluntary board members, volunteers and friends of the organisation for their invaluable support.

We invite you to visit our newly refurbished Members Pavilion.  We hope you enjoy our new website and take the time to subscribe to our webpage and remain up to date with our up coming festivals and events.

Sincerely,

Pancretan Association Committee

OUR MISSION

  1. To connect people of Hellenic background and Cretan descent from Australia and around the world.
  2. To preserve historical traditions of Crete with our members and the broader Hellenic community.
  3. To commemorate historical anniversaries and honor the unique relationship between ANZAC and Hellenic veterans and Australia and Greece.
  4. To promote, celebrate and sustain moral, cultural, religious and historical traditions of Crete with the broader Australian community the Oceania Region and unite with Cretan organisations around the world.