Mark Bennett, Mayor, Hunters Hill Council

Three Squadron Centenary named in Battle

ON THURSDAY last week, I welcomed ladies and gentlemen of the 3rd Squadron RAAF Association to a small commemoration service in front of the World War 1 Howitzer outside the Town Hall.

It was 100 years exactly since the Squadron established its long term identity and over that time, a huge amount of stirring history has taken place under the 3SQN Banner.

The fathers of two of the Association members John Love and Des Sheehan served in 3AFC one hundred years ago.

Also present were two surviving World War 2 Veterans Slim Moore, a skilled engine fitter who served in North Africa, Sicily and Italy; the Squadron’s last surviving pilot from that historic era Arthur Pardey, who flew the superlative Mustang fighter-bomber in Italy in the months before the German surrender in 1945.

Also present was Wayne Beattie, a ‘framie’ – an airframe fitter in Mirage supersonic fighters, who served over in Malaysia during 3 Squadron’s long period in residence there as part of our country’s commitment to South East Asia.

The service was held beside the World War 1 Howitzer as the grandfather of one of the Association members was involved with its capture 100 years ago in 1918.

The Australian breakthrough on the Hindenburg Line where the Howitzer was captured was actually the final battle that the Australian Corps fought.

The restored gun therefore represents the end of their war and is an appropriate reminder of the tragedies of wars.

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ONE OF the privileges of being Mayor is endorsing the citizenship of new Australians at our annual Australia Day ceremonies and on other occasions throughout the year.

This year, our special guest and Australia Day Ambassador will be Ms Catherine Saxelby, a distinguished Australian who will also assist in formally recognising the generosity, commitment and achievements of those in our local community to receive Community Awards.

Our Australia Day celebrations will be held in the Hunters Hill Town Hall, commencing at 9am this Friday January 26.

All members of our community are invited to attend and join in celebrating our national spirit, but please note that bookings are essential.

Inquiries should be directed to Ms Ida Ozoux-Blessing on 9879 9430 or email: [email protected]

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FIRE & RESCUE NSW is urging NSW residents to increase the number of working smoke alarms in their homes to one per bedroom and living areas (including hallways and stairways) and to have them interconnected, and install automated fire suppression systems, such as home sprinklers, to significantly improve fire safety in their homes.

Current NSW legislation mandates one smoke alarm must be installed on each level of a residential building.

Although smoke alarms have had a significant impact on reducing the number of fatalities over the past ten years, FRNSW has found the number, location and interconnection of smoke alarms, combined with fire sprinklers, can greatly reduce the risk of fatalities, injuries and damage in a residential fire.

Clr Mark A. Bennett