Member for Newcastle, Tim Crakanthorp, has announced Father Nicolaos Zervas as the winner of the 2019 Newcastle NSW Seniors Local Achievement Award.

Father Zervas has been a volunteer in the Newcastle community for over 40 years. In that time he has volunteered with Meals on Wheels, Northern Settlement Services, Ethnic Communities Council, Lifeline and many community groups.

For over forty years, Father Zervas has been the priest at the Skelton Street Greek Orthodox Church.

He has taught scripture at many local schools, is a founding member of Greek Day Care and is a life member of Hippocrates Aged Care, Fronditha Aged Care Nursing Home, Hamilton Olympic Soccer Cub and the Chaplain of Newcastle hospitals.

In 1993, he received an Order of Australia Medal (OAM) for his services to the community.


The 2019 NSW Seniors Local Achievement Awards celebrate seniors’ achievements in a range of categories, including business, environment, science, agriculture, health and wellbeing, learning and community service.

The Awards are run by the Department of Ageing, Disability and Home Care.


Quotes attributable to Member for Newcastle, Tim Crakanthorp


“Father Zervas is an absolute blessing to the Newcastle community. His volunteer work spans after hours interpreting for Lifeline through to assisting with Meals on Wheels for the elderly.”


“Father Zervas serves on so many community organisations, he must be the lifeblood of volunteering in Newcastle!”


“I can think of no one more worthy than Father Zervas as the recipient of the 2019 Newcastle NSW Seniors Local Achievement Award.”

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