Lord Mayor's Column

Wednesday 11 September 2019

HMAS Freedom of Entry Parade

I am excited to be gearing up for the HMAS Freedom of Entry Parade this Saturday 14 September, with activities from 10:30am. The parade is set to be a spectacular event with some 200 members of the HMAS Parramatta crew marching through the City from 12pm to 12.30pm. The procession will travel down Church Street, from the Cenotaph at Prince Alfred Square to Parramatta Town Hall. The ‘Challenge’ will take place along the route, near Lennox Bridge. Parramatta residents and visitors alike are encouraged to come and see this wonderful tradition unfold. The Freedom of Entry Parade will be an enjoyable day for all, as well as a great opportunity for the community to show its support for the men and women of the Royal Australian Navy.

The HMAS Parramatta Exhibition is also running daily until Sunday 15 September from 9am to 5pm at the Parramatta Heritage and Visitor Information Centre, 346A Church Street, Parramatta. Visitors can explore the history of Parramatta’s special connection with HMAS Parramatta. There will be an abundance of historic artefacts on display, including the 1961 brass bell, which is inscribed with the names of babies born to crew members. Other key features of the exhibition include letters from a 1916 crew member, as well as models of the three different ships HMAS Parramatta II, III and IV. The HMAS Parramatta Exhibition is perfect for anyone wanting to learn more about military history. For more information, visit the Freedom of Entry page.

Photo: City of Parramatta Lord Mayor Cr Andrew Wilson (centre) with the HMAS Parramatta crew members.

Lions Club of Parramatta recognised for community service

I would like to take this opportunity to recognise the Lions Club of Parramatta who received a Community Group Award at the 2019 Australia Day Local Awards. In 2018, the Lions Club of Parramatta Inc celebrated 60 years of service to the Parramatta community. The Club provides valuable support through fundraising activities and projects to create awareness, relieve disadvantage and assist people with disabilities. The Lions Club of Parramatta has donated more than $3.5 million to local initiatives, groups, individuals and organisations. It is wonderful to see groups such as the Lions Club of Parramatta give so much back to our community.

If you know of a local person or group who has shown an exemplary contribution to the community, you can nominate them for the 2020 Australia Day Local Awards by going to the Australia Day Awards page.

Photo: City of Parramatta Lord Mayor Cr Andrew Wilson with the Lions Club of Parramatta, Member for Parramatta Geoff Lee and Australia Day Ambassador Anupan Sharma at the 2019 Australia Day Local Awards.