Mr Spiro Fatouros, Chair of MACS and Dr Linda Sydor-Petkovic, President of the Geelong Ethnic Communities Council Inc.


Two of the Geelong region’s largest and longest serving multicultural organisations – Diversitat and Multicultural Aged Care Services (MACS) – are officially joining forces in a merger that was ratified and approved this week.

Following many months of due diligence, this week both Diversitat affiliated communities and the MACS Board each voted in favour of the merger.

“We are delighted to have reached this decision” says Dr Linda Sydor-Petkovic, President of Geelong Ethnic Communities Council Inc. which oversees Diversitat.

“Our aim is to maintain and expand services and provide a stronger voice for multicultural communities in Greater Geelong, combining the 70 years of knowledge and experience of the two organisations,” Dr Sydor-Petkovic added.

“With each of these two organisations in their own right having a proven track record of providing high quality care, the synergies are strong, and it really does make sense,” Dr Sydor-Petkovic said.

According to MACS Chair, Mr Spiro Fatouros, “the merger will enable us to grow in size, scale and impact. It will allow us to continue to provide the very best care and support for the multicultural people in the Geelong region in all stages of their lives,” Mr Fatouros said.

“We are absolutely ecstatic with this decision and our wish now is for the new entity to provide a holisitic approach to multicultural services through a community-focussed lens,” Mr Fatourous added.

The newly formed entity will be legally known as Multicultural Community Services Geelong Inc, with a trading name to be decided at a later date through a consultative process.

The new merged organisation is expect to become effective around mid-2021, with both organisations continuing to operate as business as usual in the interim.