During the late 1960’s and early 1970’s there was an overwhelming social need for Canberra’s Greek Community to have a meeting place and social venue. They needed a place to bring their families alongside their Greek and Australian friends. In particular, a place to gather for dances, weddings, children’s groups and a meeting place for the elderly to socialise.

Finally, in 1976, excavations began on the Phillip site. On 9 May 1976, the land was blessed by the Greek Orthodox Archbishop Ezekiel and the Greek Ambassador laid a brick in the footings. Construction was at last underway on the site to house Canberra’s Hellenic Club.