President 2019-20 Fran Broadbent


 The Hills are Alive... with award winning gardens


Mrs Elsie Hehir's  Championship winning garden from 2017

The Sydney Garden Competition is on again in 2019. Steeped in history and intricately linlked to the Hills Shire, the first competition ran in 1959 as the brain child of Councillor Eric Mobbs. It became the forerunner of the Orange Blossom Festival, so has a significant place in the cultural history of "The Garden Shire"

While there are some current  water restrictions there are still many outstanding gardens and all residents, businesses, schools and institutions in The Hills are encouraged to  start planning now to be ready for judging in September.

Entry forms will be avavilable from the end of July.

Gardens are judged by professional and experienced horticulturists and landscapers. Past judges have  included local gardening gurus Ross Miller and Judy Horton.  The Garden Shire is and has always been about nature, gardens, orchards and bushland. The Sydney Hills Garden Competition is about celebrating the hard work in creating and maintaining great gardens that contribute to our local environment. The culmination of that celebration are awards where the best gardens across many categories are honored as part of the Orange Blossom Festival. 

The Garden Competition is run each year by The Rotary Club of the Hills-Kellyville and has categories for all types of gardens and gardeners. Categories include gardens of small Town Houses to residential garden, to gardens associated with industrial, commercial and retirement complexes and schools.  

To be eligible to enter this competition, gardens must be located in The Hills Shire or in the adjoining parts of suburbs  including Baulkham Hills, Northmead, North Rocks, Carlingford, West Pennant Hills, Cherrybrook, Glenhaven, Glenorie, Dural, Galston and Arcadia.  Entries close on Friday 13th September and judging will take place between 16th and 20th September.

An Awards Night will be held on Friday 27th September where award winning gardens and their gardeners will be honored and receive prizes.

For more information about entering your garden or sponsorship opportunities contact Keith Stapley on 0412 079 014

The Sydney Hills Garden Competition is an Orange Blossom Festival Event


A project of the Rotary Club of The Hills-Kellyville Inc.


ยป Club Details

Rotary Club of The Hills - Kellyville meets every Monday for Dinner at the Castle Hill Tavern.
Arrive 6:30 pm  Start 6:45 pm
End 8:45 pm

Victoria Ave
Castle Hill NSW 2154 Australia


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July 2019

The Rotary Club of The Hills-Kellyville

The Rotary Club of The Hills-Kellyville  is an active and enthusiastic Club which was formed from the amalgamation of the Rotary Clubs of Baulkham Hills, Kellyville (2009) and Winston Hills (2015).

Our Club is involved in many activities at both a local and international level covering aspects such as community service, international service, vocational service and youth. 

 Some of our current and recent projects are The Sydney Hills Garden Competition, Jazz at the Pines , Christmas Tree Sales, Writing Competition for local schools, Australia Day ceremony,  sponsorship of the Bourke Public School breakfast programme,   Youth Exchange students, Rotary Youth Leadership, numerous partnership projects in India and Sri Lanka and supporting local causes such as North West Disability Services and the Children’s Hospital at Westmead.

Of course while our projects do provide good fellowship as well as good service we also also like to have fun and fellowship at our social events.

  If you would like to give something back to the community and enjoy fellowship and fun with like minded individuals you are always welcome at one of our meetings.

 Contact   Membership Director John Collignon on 0409 841 281  or Secretary Wilf van Emmerik on 0428  477 000 or

Pride of Workmanship and Community Service

Awards Presentation Night May 2019

Our Awards Night was well attended by families, friends, employers, local State Members of Parliament and our local Mayor as well District 9685 representatives.

In his address our Guest Speaker Jeremy Carter stressed the importance of being enthusiastic and committed in your vocation which benefited not only the employer but also the employee.

The night was well received by all and the attendance of our dignitaries certainly made the Awardees feel valued and special

It was a great opportunity for employee/employer relationships, pride in achievement, recognition of service and a great showcase for our Rotary Club and Rotary in general,

Thank you to John van den Burg and his team for organising the night and our thanks to State Member for Baulkham Hills David Elliott, State Member for Castle Hill Hon. Ray Williams, State Member for Seven Hills Mark Taylor, Mayor of The Hills Shire Dr Michelle Byrne, District Governor Susan Wakefield OAM, Past District Governor John Wakefield, District Vocational Chair Bobby Redman and Assistant Governor Robert Bredin for attending the night.

 This Rotary Year there were three types of awards, Community Service, Pride of Workmanship  and Apprentice / Trainee awards and our club was delighted to present the well-deserved Awards to the following recipients:

 The Pride of Workmanship Awardees

Donna Robertson                    Customer Relations Officer Baptist Care   “The Gracewood”

Andriana Ngo                          Pharmacist:  Rouse Hill Soul Pattinson

Jenny Heffernan                     Teacher: Kellyville Public School

Erika Johnson                         Teacher: Kellyville Public School

Sri Sharma                              Finance Assistant; North West Disability Services

Rajanikanthan Rajapandiyan  NES Electrician /Solar Panel Installer

 Apprentice / Trainee of the year Award

Shalika Puri                             Lifestyle Assistant Trainee; North West Disability Services

 Community Service Awardees

Pam Wilson                                                     Service to the Community - Local History

Kuventhiran Kandasamy Kanesalingam        Assistance to Rotary Australia World Community Services




The nine awardees and the official guests (left to right)Rajanikanthan Rajapandiyan, Kuventhiran Kandasamy Kanesalingam, Shalika Puri, Sri Sharma, Donna Robertson, Erika Johnson, Jenny Heffernan, Pam Wilson, Hills Shire Mayor Michelle Byrne, District 9685 Governor Susan Wakefield OAM, District Vocational Chair Bobby Redman, (back Row), Mark Taylor MP, David Elliott MP, Ray Williams MP.

Changeover Celebration 2019 :

The Club Changeover was a very enjoyable event and was attended by District Governor Susan Wakefield, Past DG John Wakefield, Assistant Governor Robert Bredin and District Vocational Chair, Bobby Redman. Apologies were received from The Hills Shire Mayor Dr Michelle Byrne, Hon. Alex Hawke MP, Hon David Elliott MP, Hon Mark Taylor MP and Ray Williams MP and Haran Ramachandran.

Attendees enjoyed canapés, followed by a delicious meal and a Celebration Cake with tea / coffee.

While it was a “Changeover” President Fran is continuing as President for 2019-20 and Board members are also continuing but with some changes in portfolios.




President Fran reviewed the year during which we had accomplished much and hinted that we were also exploring a new project to serve our local community. She thanked all Club members for their contributions during the year, and said she was looking forward to another successful year. District Governor Susan also paid tribute to our efforts during the year including winning the District Award for best Small Club for International Service





President Fran presented Certificates of Appreciation to Ian Pearce and to Pat Hunt for their support of Jazz at The Pines



President Fran, Jim Sifonuios and DG Susan Wakefield


DG Susan presented PHF Awards to President Fran, to Joan Van den Burg and to Jim Sifonios.

The club presented our departing Youth Exchange Student Josephine Schevers with a wonderful gift for her to remember us by when she returned to Belgium. Jim invited Josephine to return to Australia one day to visit her friends at The Rotary Club of The Hills-Kellyville.


President Fran also presented Jim with the Bill Bazeley (Rotarian of The Year) Award.