Opening of Consulate of the Republic of Slovenia in Melbourne

Mr Derry Maddison, the new Honorary Consul, third on the left
In Melbourne, Victoria, a new Consulate of the Republic of Slovenia was opened yesterday, 7 March 2014, with Mr Derry Maddison as the first Honorary Consul.

THE SLOVENIAN contacted Mr Maddison to ask him the following questions:

How do you see your new role as a Honorary Consul of the Republic of Slovenia? How do you plan to serve the Slovenian community in Australia and in Slovenia?

Mr Maddison replied: 

Yes, it has been long coming for Slovenians in Victoria to have their own Consulate. I was the privileged one to be nominated and then appointed. 

The ceremony  was well organized under the scrutiny of His Excellency Dr. Milan Balazic.

From here on, my main  duty is to serve to the best of my ability the Slovenian nationals in the state of Victoria.  Of course i will take on board any issue, but some  larger issues will be assisted by the Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia in Canberra. In short, I will be available to people at any time. For more demanding work, there will be appointments for the office, which will be open to the public by appointment every Friday from  5 pm to 7 pm.
How I serve the Slovenian community in Australia, mainly in Victoria, largely depends on requirements of the inquiry.

In all matters I engage myself to follow the instructions of  honorary consular officers of the Republic of Slovenia and to consult with the supervisory diplomatic mission and Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Slovenia.

The list of invited guests, complied by the Embassy in Canberra and approved by the Ambassador Dr Milan BalaĹžic, included in addition to foreign diplomats and leaders of the Slovenian community Mr Nicholas Oman.

Photo by Fr David Srumf OFM

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