Greenhills Memories and Thanks

Ten years after the devastating fires of January 2003, Greenhills Camp & Conference Centre hosted a service of commemoration and thanksgiving. Led by Presbytery chairperson Alistair Christie, the service provided an opportunity for over 100 people to recall the impact of the fires on Greenhills and the suburbs of Canberra, and to give thanks for the effort of firefighters and volunteers during and after the fires. Friends of Greenhills, members of Weston Creek Uniting Church and members of the Chain Reaction creative arts team were joined by Canberra leaders such as Chief Minister Katy Gallagher. The service included accounts of the firestorm from volunteer Cyril Tresize and Harold Small, then executive director of Greenhills. Clinton White from Weston Creek Uniting shared about the community spirit shown in the aftermath of the fires. Alan Ashley gave tribute to the original vision of Max Hill in developing the site for the future. People were invited to pluck a leaf from the gum branch at the front and immerse it in one of the bowls of water at the front.

Greenhills Fire Tree

Greenhills Chain Reaction

Greenhills Chain Reaction

Greenhills Katy Gallagher with Barry Howe and Max Hill