HUNTERS HILL HAPPENINGS with Mayor MARK BENNETT: Acclaim for Sailor Matthew

AS A sailor who has competed many times on Australia Day, it was my pleasure to present the Hunters Hill Trophy at the City of Sydney Council on March 27 to Hunters Hill Sailing Club member Matthew Quinlan for sailing an Opti (International Optimist).

Matthew has won this category two years running and was later chosen to represent Australia in Thailand in October. Congratulations Matthew and very well done. This regatta, proudly acclaimed as the oldest continuously-conducted annual sailing regatta in the world, has boats taking part ranging from large ocean-racing yachts to 18 foot skiffs and radio controlled model yachts.

In recent years some 700 vessels have taken part in the Australia Day Regatta making it one of the highlights of the celebrations on Australia Day each year.

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AT THE last Ordinary meeting it was agreed that a visit will be organised for interested councillors to view libraries in the City of Ryde and adjacent municipalities.

Modern libraries are busy places and have become essential community meeting spaces in our rapidly changing world.

I will be interested to hear about the elibrary resources, study centres, preschool and holiday activities and meeting spaces that the libraries are providing and we are looking forward to discussing the future of our local libraries.

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I WAS very pleased to attend the recent Business Networking Event, organised by the Discover Hunters Hill Association and held at The Deckhouse in Woolwich.

Over 80 local business people crowded the room, forging new contacts and creating new business opportunities over drinks and canapés.

A guest speaker provided tips on effective networking and a very entertaining “elevator pitch” segment was conducted where attendees were given 20 seconds to outline their business to the rest of the crowd.

With the success of this event, Discover Hunters Hill is planning a second event on September 20 this year.

Discover Hunters Hill is a volunteer association that aims to maintain the unique character of the Hunters Hill/Gladesville area and to promote its local community, businesses, professionals and services. For more information visit www.huntershill.com.au follow them on Facebook or contact the DHH Chair, Garnet Meekings, at [email protected]

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HUNTERS HILL Council has a busy program of activities to celebrate this year’s Seniors Festival.

Council extends an invitation to attend our major event “Your Brain Matters” on Wednesday April 11 in Hunters Hill Town Hall at 10am.

Staying curious, creative and connected as we age, helps us to stay mentally alert.

We have great speakers to let you know how it’s done.

Prof Henry Brodaty from the Centre of Healthy Brain Ageing and John Watkins, NSW CEO of Alzheimer’s Australia, will present an interesting perspective on the subject.

The event is FREE, morning tea provided and local organisations will showcase activities you can try. Bookings essential. Phone Council 98799400 to reserve your place.

The holidays, such as Easter, are about spending time with family, friends and your loved ones, but for those in the military those special times are sometimes spent thousands of miles away from those they are closest to.

On Monday April 23, we commemorate the Centenary of Women in War and take a different view on the families affected by members of our Armed forces.

The 95th consecutive Anzac Eve Memorial Service will be held in the Hunters Hill Town Hall, commencing at 7.30pm.

Those wishing to march are invited to wear medals or join the march at the RSL Sub-Branch hall at 7pm to step-out at 7.15pm for a short march to the Hunters Hill Town Hall.

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HUNTERS HILL Art Exhibition returns this May with an exciting 10-day program which includes the main Exhibition in three historic venues; special events and happenings, live music, free art classes, delicious food and family-friendly activities.

Official Opening is Friday May 11 from 7pm with the exhibition open until Sunday May 20 in Hunters Hill Town Hall and surrounding venues.

Over 350 art works • Pop Up Galleries • Festival of Art Weekend • Art History Tours are programmed. If you are a looking for a new art work arrive early as many of the well-priced works are expected to be snapped up. Hunters Hill is Sydney’s veritable art-village and there is no better time than during the Hunters Hill Art Exhibition to discover the beautiful and historic garden suburb of Hunters Hill.