The Hills Shire Council’s Australia Day celebrations 2010 proved to be the biggest, best and boldest Australia Day the Sydney Hills has seen yet.
The new venue at Balcombe Heights Estate attracted record crowds despite the heat as in excess of 25,000 attended the celebrations for some Australia Day fun.
This overwhelming response from the community was testament to the hard work by volunteers, the Australia Day committee and Council employees who worked tirelessly to make the day such a huge success.
The day was packed to the rafters with entertainment and fun for the whole family with free thrill rides, local dance schools, bands, choirs, the Ronald McDonald Magic Show and the Bluey the Kangaroo Show.
The live entertainment spanned across two stages with the main stage and youth stage which featured local youth bands from the Kool Schools CD.
The emergency services teams kept the kids cool by hosing them down as they demonstrated a dramatic live rescue which showed the fast response of local emergency services to a simulated emergency situation.
Mayor of The Hills Shire Clr Peter Dimbrowsky said that it is a credit to our growing Shire the vast number of people who attended the celebrations.
“The thousands of people who attended this event goes to show how rapidly our Shire is expanding,” Mayor Dimbrowsky said.
“This Council is committed to improving our signature events and both the Christmas Carols at Bella Vista Farm and now the tremendous success of Australia Day demonstrates that we are making that vision become a reality.”
Mayor Dimbrowsky said that as the Sydney Hills continues to grow and expand then so will the Australia Day event.
“There was a fantastic sense of community spirit and it was great to see everyone having such a good time,” he said.
Former Australian Idol Paulini really got the party started as the crowds rocked out to some great entertainment before the twilight affirmation ceremony. As the day came to a close, a huge crowd crammed around every vantage point on the Estate to watch the fireworks display just after 9pm.