Ro­tary to hold its own Oz Day event

Kalgoorlie Miner - - NEWS - Te­gan Guthrie

Kal­go­or­lie-Boul­der’s three Ro­tary clubs are host­ing their own Aus­tralia Day com­mu­nity event next year, in­stead of join­ing with the City of Kal­go­or­lieBoul­der’s an­nual event.

Last year, coun­cil swapped its usual Aussie Day break­fast for an evening com­bined with the fi­nal Sun­set at the Sound­shell concert.

In­stead of mak­ing a com­mu­nity break­fast as they had many years be­fore, the Kal­go­or­lie, Han­nans and Boul­der Ro­tary clubs were in charge of pre­par­ing beef and gravy rolls for the evening.

Event co-or­di­na­tor Es­ther Road­night said the task was over­whelm­ing for the clubs, which had to make 300kg of roast beef.

She said the clubs had to pre­pare for a week in the lead-up to the event.

“I per­son­ally peeled 30kg of onions and oth­ers cut 3000 buns and made bucket-loads of gravy,” she said.

“It was a huge strain. The head cook, if you men­tion roast beef to him now he still cringes. I think he still has night­mares.

“We are do­ing it for the com­mu­nity and we un­der­stand that, but it was just so much work and some peo­ple said they pre­ferred the break­fast any­way.”

With coun­cil stick­ing to its evening event com­bined with the concert, the Ro­tar­i­ans are call­ing for com­mu­nity groups and or­gan­i­sa­tions to come on board to host ac­tiv­i­ties dur­ing their break­fast cel­e­bra­tion.

The Ro­tar­i­ans will have the food cov­ered, but are look­ing for face painters, bouncy cas­tles, and gen­eral chil­dren and fam­ily ac­tiv­i­ties for the day.

“I feel like this way the com­mu­nity will have a great start to their Aus­tralia Day and can head off to do their own cel­e­bra­tions with friends and fam­ily be­fore com­ing back to re­lax with the concert and fire­works from coun­cil,” Mrs Road­night said.

Any­one in­ter­ested in tak­ing part in the day is en­cour­aged to email es­thereroad­[email protected] or phone 0407 218 700.

Pic­ture: Kelsey Reid

Ro­tary Club of Boul­der vol­un­teer Craig Hicks.

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