Turnbull goes Greek on Gold Coast

first_imgPrime Minister Malcolm Turnbull was the highlight of this year’s Gold Coast Greek Festival last weekend. The PM paid a unexpected visit to the Evandale Parklands, where he surprised the 20,000 people attending. Accompanied by Moncrieff MP Steve Ciobo, the pair attracted much of the attention throughout the day, taking selfies and indulging in Greek treats. Property developer Jim Raptis when opening the festival gave Mr Turnbull a special welcome, saying “we are pleased and fortunate that your visit to our city allowed you to join us”. Mr Raptis went on to recognise the contribution of Greek migrants on the Gold Coast and the growing number who are still choosing to call Australia home. “The Greek community on the Gold Coast and everywhere in Australia is proud to be part of this wonderful country,” said Mr Raptis. Mr Turnbull was later called to the stage, where he praised the Greek Australian community, claiming “I love everything about Greek culture”. The first Australian prime minister to attend the event in its 12 years, organisers of the event honoured his presence with a plaque. The PM’s attendance coincided with his trip to the sunshine state to announce a $95 million grant for the extension of the Gold Coast light rail line, expected to be ready in time for the 2018 Commonwealth Games. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img

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