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(Gilmore) (13:36): This year marks 100 years of Rotary in Australia. I want to send a shout-out to all the Rotary clubs in the electorate of Gilmore and Rotary members who go above and beyond for their communities every day. I see local Rotary members out often, whether selling raffle tickets at the local markets or fundraising for the many projects on the go to benefit the community, like Kiama Rotary, fundraising to provide free mental health first-aid training; Gerringong Rotary, fundraising to enable social dancing for people with dementia; or Batemans Bay Rotary, running the Rotary Corrigan's Market at Batehaven, fundraising for local projects like supporting local students through the Batemans Bay Youth Foundation Awards.

Berry Rotary held the 2020-21 Berry Celtic Festival on Saturday, and it was magnificent—with drummers, clans, knights, jousting and singing. Berry Rotary are fundraising for the Berry Nature Play Park. I also want to thank Berry Rotary for their wonderful centenary project, where 100 trees were planted to mark the occasion, with 100 Berry Public School students and children from Berry Preschool adopting a tree and giving the tree a watering.

On Saturday I had the honour of going back to the roaring 1920s, with Batemans Bay, Moruya and Narooma Rotary clubs, where members, family friends and supporters came together for a wonderful dinner event at the Moruya Golf Club to mark the 100th birthday. Happy 100th birthday, Rotary, and thank you to all members for all you do.