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MESSAGE FROM THE HON MIKE RANN
PREMIER OF SOUTH AUSTRALIA


I extend my congratulations to the Maltese Community Council and the Consulate for Malta for their efforts in compiling this excellent publication. The Maltese Resource Directory, now in its third edition, will once again provide an invaluable aid, as well as an important historical record that documents the contributions and achievements of our State's Maltese community. That community has shown a long-standing dedication and commitment to fostering and encouraging multiculturalism, and a willingness to work harmoniously and productively for the benefit of South Australia.


A close bond has existed between South Australia and Malta for around 100 years, when Maltese immigrants began coming here and settled in regional centres such as Port Pirie, Murray Bridge and Whyalla, as well as in Adelaide.

 
That relationship was strengthened even further in 2007, when the Prime Minister of Malta, Dr Lawrence Gonzi and his wife, Catherine, made their first official visit to our State. I was delighted to welcome them.


Today, almost 5,000 South Australians claim Maltese ancestry, and the Maltese community remains characterised by its remarkable work ethic, its resourcefulness, and its strong dedication to the values of family and freedom. It also carries a well-deserved reputation for its willingness to generously share its culture and traditions with the wider South Australian community.
I commend everyone involved in the preparation and production of the third edition of the Maltese Resource Directory, which offers all of us the opportunity to learn more about Malta, and Maltese South Australians. I also thank members of the Maltese community, and especially Honorary Consul of Malta in South Australia, Frank Scicluna, for their ongoing friendship, support and contribution to our State of South Australia.
I wish you all every success for now, and for the future.
MIKE RANN MP
PREMIER OF SOUTH AUSTRALIA



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