Monday, 26 April 2021
Level 1, Georges River Civic Centre
Corner Dora and MacMahon Streets, Hurstville
1. MAYORAL MINUTE
MM004-21 ANZAC Day Commemorations in Georges River
(Report by The Mayor, Councillor Greene)................................................................ 2
Mayor: The Mayor, Councillor Greene
Over the last two weekends there have been a number of ANZAC commemoration ceremonies, held within our local community. These services have a strong tradition that was unfortunately disrupted last year during the Covid-19 pandemic.
On Sunday 18 April, often referred to as ANZAC Sunday, Councillor Landsberry represented Council at St Mark’s in South Hurstville, while I attended the Penshurst service, where I was honoured to give the address. I then joined the Oatley community at their Memorial.
ANZAC Day saw commemorations at South Hurstville RSL with Councillor Landsberry in attendance, Kogarah RSL was were able to resume their march to the traditional War Memorial - the cenotaph at Kogarah Park. Councillor Katris represented Council at this service.
Mortdale Memorial Park was extremely well attended for the combined Oatley, Penshurst and Mortdale RSL’s service. I had the privilege of laying a wreath on behalf of Council. The Park looked spectacular as the sun rose through the trees and Mortdale President and host John Delaney made the point of congratulating our staff on the quality of work in maintaining the high standards of the Memorial and Park. Later that morning, I represented Council at the Riverwood Legion Service in Littleton Street, Riverwood.
Councillors, we are all well aware of the enormous respect Australians have for ANZAC Day and those who have served this country. The last two Sundays have again demonstrated this fact. All the services I attended and I’m sure the others where Council was represented were well supported by our local community. Most importantly, we continue to see attendees covering all age groups. It is obvious that young Australians also appreciate, as do their parents and grandparents, that we should never forget the sacrifices of those who have gone before.
I congratulate our local sub branches on their efforts to ensure Anzac Day was remembered, particularly the additional effort required from them to meet all the Covid-19 rules and regulations now associated with such events. I also congratulate and thank our staff on the support they provide to these officials on ANZAC day and throughout the year.
That Council recognise local ANZAC Day commemorations and thank the organisers for maintaining this strong local tradition in Georges River.