The mission in Queensland has always been an Honorary post and has been headed by an Honorary Consul.
Since the first Honorary Consul commenced service in 1904, there has only been four (4) Honorary Consuls in Queensland, including the current Honorary Consul, looking after the affairs of Greek citizens.
- Lockhart H. Spence (1904 – 1919)
- Christy Kosmas Freeleagus (1919 – 1957)
- Alexander Christy Freeleagus AO (1957 – 2005)
- James (Jim) Raptis OBE (2004 – present)
James (Jim) Raptis OBE
Hon. Consul of Greece in Queensland
|Place of Birth:||Rapteii, Evia, Greece|
|Migration to Australia:||Jim came to Australia with his family in 1954, as a young boy and lived in Ingham, North Queensland until the family moved to Sydney.|
|Family:||Jim is married to Helen and they have one (1) son.|
|Languages Spoken:||English and Greek|
|Interests:||Travel, History, Reading, Soccer|
|Type of Business:||Property Development / Construction / Design|
|Business History:||Jim commenced development in his early 20’s in Sydney.
In 1972, Jim moved to the Gold Coast where most of his developments are situated. He is the longest established developer in the Gold Coast and has built and developed more high-rise apartments than any other group.
He has developed many buildings, including well-known buildings on the Gold Coast like Chevron Renaissance, The Corporate Centre, Southport Central and the Hilton Hotel and Residences.
His companies have won numerous awards for its designs, construction and marketing over the years, including a number of State and National awards.
In 1987, the company was named “Australian Developer of the Year”
In 2008, the company was the Inaugural Hotel Developer of the Year.
|Jim was President of the Greek Community of the Gold Coast for 14 years and is currently a Trustee of the Community.
He is a Major Benefactor and was responsible for the architectural design and construction of the present Greek Orthodox Church of St Anna, Gold Coast.
In 1988, Jim was appointed Deputy Commissioner of the Greece Pavilion at World Expo 88, which was held in Brisbane, having been responsible for the design and construction of the Pavilion.
Jim is a Member of the Clergy Laity Council of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia, as well as a Member of the Finance Committee.
Jim was on the Archdiocese Millennium Committee, which oversaw a number of Philanthropic and Cultural initiatives during the Sydney Olympic Games in 2004 to also mark the new Millennium.
Jim has served on the Griffith University Advisory Board as a Board Member.
As well, he was a Board Member of the Queensland Performing Arts Board.
He was a founding member of the Titans Rugby League bid committee and later on the Titans Rugby League Charity Board.
|In March 2004, Jim was appointed Honorary Consul of Greece in Queensland, firstly supporting the then Honorary Consul-General of Greece, Alex Freeleagus, and then taking over the full running of the Consulate in June 2005.
In March 2018, Jim was appointed Dean of The Consular Corps of Queensland for the 2018/2019 term.
|Honours, Awards & Achievements:|
|In 1989, Jim was awarded the Order of the British Empire by Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, for his services to the building industry.
In 2003, Jim was awarded the Centenary Medal for distinguished services to the building industry.
A Good Citizen Award was given to Jim in 2000 and he was nominated for the Citizen of the Year Award in 2003.
He was also a recipient of the Local Hero Award, given by Hon. Steven Ciobo MP, Federal Member for Moncrieff.
Jim was the inaugural Hall of Fame Inductee of the Gold Coast Business Excellence Awards.