Local emergency services volunteers were thrown a special civic reception on the Queen’s Birthday.
Baulkham Hills MP David Elliott and The Hills mayor Michelle Byrne hosted 10 volunteers from The Hills district St John Ambulance, SES and RFS and their partners at Castle Hill RSL.
‘‘The governor has a similar one — a services reception,’’ Mr Elliott said.
‘‘We [he and the mayor] figured we could replicate it at a local level with the mayor and myself and every year we will ask the combat agencies to rotate who they put up for this.
‘‘We picked the Queen’s Birthday because it’s the oldest public holiday in Australia and also because it’s normally seen as a quiet holiday — there’s no parade or march or family commitments — so it’s a good opportunity for the emergency services workers to get together.
‘‘We hope to make this an annual event and to have a VIP so the volunteers and their spouses know the communtiy does appreciate all of their hard work.’’
Monday’s VIPs were the federal Minister for Human Services, Senator Marise Payne and NSW Emergency Services Minister Stuart Ayres.
“Our emergency services volunteers not only provide invaluable services, but also provide a great example of community spirit,” Minister Payne said.
Minister Ayres said: “Too many people ask of others to provide for them, but our volunteers readily give of themselves for no personal gain, and this should be an example followed by all.’’