I acknowledge and thank the five local Rotary clubs in Maitland: Maitland, East Maitland, Rutherford/Telarah, Maitland Sunrise and Greenhills-Maitland. On 18 April at Telarah Lagoon, 100 Rotarians planted 100 trees to celebrate the 100 Years of Rotary.

Maitland City Council also marked the occasion with a community Street Eats event to help celebrate the important milestone. Many members of the community attended and participated in a morning of tree planting bringing along their picnic blankets to enjoy a range of food trucks and live music once the 100th tree had been planted.

I personally attended this event and commend the Rotary Clubs of Maitland on how well the event was organised and run. Everyone was so impressed by the hard work of Maitland City Council to prepare the area. Our Mayor Cr Loretta Baker and her team have such a strong commitment to greening our community. It was lovely to see so many attend and get involved, celebrating this milestone and recognising the Rotarians of our community - all of which demonstrate a shared passion for community service and friendship with the determination to make a positive change to the lives of many.