Monday, 28 January 2013

Daceyville turns 100!

Ron Hoenig with the performers
 Daceyville turned 100 years old in 2012. In terms of history, Daceyville was the first public housing estate to be built in Australia. Indeed, a special piece of legislation created it, which the then Governor gave Royal Assent on April 24, 1912. Just seven weeks after the then Governor, who had the very impressive title and name, The Rt Hon The Lord Chelmsford, GCMG, affixed his signature to the Bill to make it an Act, work began in Daceyville. It’s continued ever since. 

There were so many firsts in Daceyville but one stands out – it had the first planned cul-de-sac in Australia, Colonel Braund Crescent. The suburb is just about split, as far as street names are concerned, between soldiers (from Generals to Corporals) and Captain Cook, the Endeavour and those who sailed on her.

The celebrations at Dacey Gardens featured a period dress costume and cooking competition as well as rides, stalls, displays and entertainment. Attending with Acting Mayor Cr George Glinatsis, and Mayoress and former Premier Kristina Keneally it was a great day with lots of entertainment combined and lots of history. 
Ron Hoenig and Mayoress Kristina Keneally with the Daceyville Birthday Cake

Kristine Keneally, Ron Hoenig and George Glinatis (left) cutting the cake

Local fireman joined the fun

Our Local firemen joined in the fun despite their concerns about the State Governments cuts to services. They were there to help educate the community on how to protect themselves against fires. Many a youngster enjoy climbing over the fire truck and sitting in the drivers seat. 

The day also gave me the opportunity to catch up with some of our local Fireman and discuss their concerns with the State Government’s cuts that are seeing some local stations left unmanned. A reliable and speedy Emergency Services is vital in our area given our close proximity to the Port and Airport and a number of major chemical and petrol industries.

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