Inner West Mayor says Marrickville is set to formally become Little Greece
Monday 8 February 2021
Inner West Mayor Darcy Byrne will move on Tuesday night that Council grant the final approval for the establishment of a Greek precinct in Marrickville, to be known as “Little Greece”.
If approved, Council will submit to the Geographic Names Board that the precinct of “Little Greece” be established on Marrickville Road between Livingstone Road and Victoria Road.
Mayor Byrne said this precinct will recognise the long-standing contribution of GreekAustralians in the Inner West.
“Naming a section of Marrickville as ‘Little Greece’ is a gesture of respect to all the Greek migrants who helped establish the Inner West as the birthplace of Australian multiculturalism,” said Mayor Byrne.
“By establishing ‘Little Greece’ in Marrickville, we have an opportunity to reinforce Marrickville as one of Sydney’s great cultural assets.
“This precinct will formalise the ongoing special bond that exists between Marrickville and Greece.
“I wish to thank everyone in the Marrickville and broader Inner West community for all their hard work in seeing ‘Little Greece' realised.
“Special thanks need to go to Councillor Sam Iskandar, who first approached me with the idea for this precinct,” said Mayor Byrne.
The name and location of the precinct follows recent community consultation. This found that “Little Greece” was favoured over other alternatives such as “Little Athens” and that the precinct just be located in Marrickville.
Mayor Byrne will also propose that if final approval for “Little Greece” is received on Tuesday that the precinct be celebrated on 25 March in conjunction with Greek Independence Day, which this year marks its 200th anniversary. This would see local residents, community groups and businesses come together, along with Sydney’s Greek leaders at Marrickville Town Hall.