Member for Baulkham Hills David Elliott and Member for Castle Hill Dominic Perrottet hosted a successful second annual Hills youth leaders reception at Parliament House last Wednesday.
The event was open to captains, vice captains and prefects of all public and private schools in the Baulkham Hills and Castle Hill electorates.
More than 35 students from the Hills attended the reception, along with local Principals and teachers, and took the opportunity to meet and mingle with today’s leaders in preparation for future community leadership roles.
Mr Elliott spoke about his personal experience in leadership roles in business, politics and the military and how leadership is not learnt from a book, but rather experience.
“Leadership requires courage, intelligence, generosity and compassion,” Mr Elliott said.
“I was thrilled with the manner in which serving and future leaders of our community interacted, which shows how this event will only serve to benefit our community in the future.”
Mr Perrottet said that by engaging local schoolchildren with community leaders, future community leaders were better able to prepare themselves for challenges that lay ahead.
“Some of our great leaders did not seek to lead but had their responsibilities thrust upon them,” Mr Perrottet said.
“By engaging our future leaders now, they can impart the knowledge they gain to their peers, ensuring we prepare a whole generation for tomorrow.”
Other attendees at the event included:
-Hills Local Area Command Superintendent Philip Flogel;
-Castle Hill RSL Sub-branch President Colonel Don Tait OAM;
-Castle Hill RSL President Major General Warren Glenny AO;
-Hills Shire Mayor Councillor Michelle Byrne;
-Hills Shire Deputy Mayor Councillor Andrew Jefferies;
-Western Sydney Wanderers CEO lyall Gorman;
-Parramatta City Councillor Scott Lloyd;
-Former Baulkham Hills MP Wayne Merton AM;
-NSW Senator Marise Payne;
-RBC Capital Markets Accountant and Hills resident Ben Potts;
-Didier Moutia – Assistant Commissioner of St John Ambulance;
-Dr Noriko Tanaka, Consul from Consulate-General of Japan in Sydney;
-Toshiaki Kobayashi, Deputy Consul-General from Consulate-General of Japan in Sydney;
-NSW Minister for Citizenship, Communities and Aboriginal Affairs Victor Dominello;
-NSW Minister for Education Adrian Piccoli; and
-NSW Minister for Fair Trading Anthony Roberts.