Rotary to hold its own Oz Day event
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.
Rotary Club of Boulder volunteer Craig Hicks.