Community based organisations are formed when people realise that there is an identified need. When our founding fathers decided to form Pontiaki Estia, they had recognised a void for Greek-Australians of Pontian heritage. Hence, forming such an organisation was a natural progression of their settlement in Melbourne. “Pontiaki Estia”, translated, simply means, “Pontian House”. The thought process behind the name was simple: a house, a household, a family of all Pontians. A get- together of Pontians where they can maintain their cultural identity, pass it down to their children and promote it to the wider community.