SCA celebrated its 30th Birthday with a close gathering at the Abruzzo Club on the 20 August 2017. SCA was founded in 1987 and officially recognised by the Autonomous Region of Sardinia - RAS since 1988. This anniversary, the commemorative flower is the sweat pea, which is compared to a pearl because a pearl grows year by year, layer by layer, cherishing its beauty. Much like the beautiful, bright and colourful people who make up the SCA community, that continues to grown despite many challenges.
Across the state of Victoria and in Melbourne, there are 352,000 people born in Italy or descendants of Italians. Effectively more that than the population of large Italian cities such as Florence or even Bologna. Among them, a small but thriving group of Sardinians, 3,280 of them migrated to Australia Post war, with little financial resources, no english language, mobiles or internet. They have tenaciously maintained a link to their origins, whilst still participating in the growth of their current home. An unbreakable link, that the SCA strengthen throughout the 30 years. Maria Cerbo, Consul General of Italy Melbourne gives her gratitude to SCA, "I would like to thank you all for making this possible, and for the love and affection that you demonstrate towards our wonderful country".
Paul Lostia, President of SCA adds, "Those who had the vision to form the SCA, and those who served in past and present SCA committees and members in general, are to be commended for their motivation, their contributions to Australia, community steadfast pride in their Sardinian origin and the overwhelming outstanding achievements of the SCA, all which has undoubtedly formed a solid basis for future generations. Congratulations SCA!"
SCA 30th anniversary was mentioned in the following local and Sardinian publications;
Many local and overseas Authority gave the following good wishes to the community, particularly appreciated were the ones from the President of the Sardinian Region - Francesco Pigliaru and the Coordinator "Consultore" of Sardinian Associations in Australia - Pietro Schirru;