A few hundred members of the community attended the flag hoisting ceremony at the Consul General’s residence in East Lindfield on January 26. The CG read speeches by the President of India and the Premier of NSW Barry O’Farrell. The flag hoisting was followed by a cultural program at the community centre of East Lindfield.
According to the organisers this was the largest Republic Day flag hoisting ceremony held in Sydney so far. Organisers say that the number of attendees keeps growing every year, and this has led to the introduction of cultural programs on Republic Day. The member for Hornsby Matt Kean spoke at the function and later met with members of the Indian community. Hornsby Councillor Gurdeep Singh, businessman Nihal Gupta who is also a member of the Judicial Commission, Liberal party supporter and prominent community leader Dr Yadu Singh, businessman Billu Singh and community social workers Shubha Kumar and Logessan Pillay were among those who attended the function.