Another successful Australia Day breakfast and flag raising ceremony was held by the Rotary Club of The Hills-Kellyville at Rotary Park, Kellyville on Sunday.
Following a damp start the weather brightened up to draw in an enthusiastic crowd who enjoyed the sausage sizzle manned by the RFS, the jumping castle plus Australia Day tattoos courtesy of the Salvation Army.
The formal presentations began with MC Alan Jones reading a history of Australia Day followed by The Hills mayor Dr Michelle Byrne overseeing the flag raising by the First Kellyville Scouts.
A short address was given by Cr Byrne followed by presentations by local state MPs Ray Williams and Dominic Perrottet.
The club’s Australia Day Ambassador, Paralympic Cyclist Simone Kennedy, was next to address the crowd, Simone is also a dual track world champion.
Former The Hills MP Michael Richardson recited the Green and Gold Malaria poem, with a few slight modifications.
The annual tree planting was then carried out by Cr Byrne and Mr Perrottet followed by Captain Nigel MacDonald from the Salvation Army giving a very entertaining speech and an Australia Day prayer.
The club thanked Alan Lane for providing the public address system, Camelot Amusements and Ian Pearce for the jumping castle, the RFS, Scouts and the Salvation Army for their participation; and Baulkham Hills Landscape Supplies for donating the trees.