HMAS Maitland crew members to visit Maitland
I’m excited to welcome members of HMAS Maitland to our city this Saturday morning. The crew first gained Freedom of Entry to the City back in 2006 and now they’re back to exercise that right.
HMAS Maitland and her 12 sister Armidale Class Patrol Boats and two Cape Class Patrol Boats, are our Navy's principal contribution to the nation's fisheries protection, immigration, customs and drug law enforcement operations. HMAS Maitland work’s hand in hand with other Government agencies as part of the Australian Border Force and in the event of war they would be tasked to control the waters close to the Australian mainland.
I’ve been told that the crew is excited to make landfall in Newcastle and return to Maitland. Some will be coming here for the first time and I want them to have enjoy their experience. So if you’re out and about on Saturday, make sure you head to the The Levee Shared Zone at 10.00am and show your support for a tradition that is steeped in history.
I also want to encourage you to get your nominations in for the 2017 Australia Day Awards, which are now open. You can nominate under Citizen of the Year, Young Citizen of the Year and Junior Citizen of the Year. The awards recognise the outstanding achievements of individuals who work tirelessly to enrich our community through their commitment and service to others. So please, if you know someone that is going above and beyond in our community, please visit maitland.nsw.gov.au/ResidentsCommunity/AustraliaDay and nominate them for the awards.
I was also excited this week to see The Levee Central Maitland named the best civic landscape at the Australian Institue of Landscape Architects awards. Development at The Levee has helped bring people back to Central Maitland and awards like this are great for encouraging more businesses to consider opening up in the precinct.