31st July 2019
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President's Message
From the Immediate Past President
A distinct change of pace on the 10th July as Lee Borradale guided a select group of RCBD members through the causes and effects of his post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).  He was obviously concerned that the details of his trials and tribulations as a result of his personal experience might be off-putting for his audience. However, you could have heard a pin drop as he walked us through his mental challenges and there was a lively discussion afterwards.
Lee’s presentation emphasized the fact that on any ordinary day something can happen that changes a person’s life forever. His was a massive bus accident which killed one child, caused one child to lose an eye, others with broken bones and head injuries as well as the amputation of one person’s leg. Lee was 30 years old at the time and in charge of the group (The Bowral based Hy-Vong Community for Vietnamese refugees). The aftermath of caring for the mental state of people involved was apparently not well handled because of a lack of knowledge of the best approach to ward off the effects of PTSD.
Lee’s talk emphasized the need to talk things through within the first 72 hours and the need for a network of support. The stigma associated with mental injuries or dysfunction needs to be combated by a far more open approach so that people don’t become isolated without support, encumbered by embarrassment rather than the conditions for healing. Lee concluded his multimedia presentation with his YouTube video ‘Experiencing PTSD’ –
Comments from attending members included: -
  • “Informative and very true that you need to let anyone suffering from PTSD or depression to talk it through, having helped a loved one out of depression cycle.”
  • “Lee confirmed that talking through issues is a major element in dealing with mental health problems.”
  • “I learnt a lot more about PTSD, can visit its victims long after the event. I liked to know what form it takes. Thank you for your time.”
  • “Hi Lee, thanks for the positive, it helps to achieve many things, but the flipside is time for the mind can have an impact. Keep finding people to help us helps you. I look forward to helping you and others.”
  • “Put all the relevant links on one opening slide so that you can find them more easily. Emphasize the pathways to better mental health for sufferers.”
We wish you all the best in your various activities Lee, and look forward to seeing you at our Rotary get-togethers more often in the future.
At our meeting on the 17th July we learned more about the hospital redevelopment than we bargained for.  Stephen Clark is the Bowral Hospital representative in charge of the project, and he regaled us for 45 minutes on the detail of the upgrade (interspersed with a wide variety of questions from the audience) and could have gone much longer.  If you were not able to attend, and would like to know more yourself, please visit the relevant website at  I can assure you we are getting quite a bit for the current budget of $65 million, including seven extra beds and much better facilities for the Emergency area and for Neo-Natal and Intensive Care units amongst others.
It was interesting to note that the hospital will not be officially opened until two months after the Practical Completion of construction, to give the hospital time to familiarise the staff with the new layout and procedures as well as train them in any new equipment that is installed.  This includes video links to a number of Sydney hospitals so that emergencies can be managed by video link from a relevant expert while awaiting transfer to a suitable facility in Sydney. 
The thought of new equipment raised the possibility that the unwanted existing items might be a good fit for the MAfO program, and this will be pursued further by John Macpherson and Barry Barford in due course.  Stephen concluded by noting the three main issues that the public will face in the interim period:
  • Parking
  • Access
  • Information
He said that parking will always be an issue because they could not afford the expense of basement or high-rise parking, and they would always have to share the available space with the private hospital.  However, he did say there are discussions taking place with Council to make Ascot Street a one-way thoroughfare which would open up greater possibilities for angled parking along there.
He noted that the new hospital would only have one public entrance compared to the 15 we currently have.  Also, the construction work will make any access somewhat confusing for the time being.  If anyone has any problems with this and/or with information signage around the site, please ring the hospital on 4861 0281 and ask for Stephen.  He is looking for continuous improvement in this area.
We all look forward to this great new facility being finished towards the end of 2020, and to finding out what is planned for the additional $15 million that has recently been allocated to the project by the NSW Government.
Doesn’t the Southern Highlands have so many interesting people in its midst?!  On the 27th July Frank brought along one of the people who has been actively supporting the Vocal Muster, in the form of Bill O’Gorman.  Bill is the mastermind behind Southern Highlands Jazz which conducts a series of high- end jazz events at the Bowral Golf Club on the first and fourth Sunday of each month (  The next one is a Mini Jazz Festival on the 11th of August from 2-6 PM starring the Adrian Cunningham Quintet all the way from New York, as well as Bill’s professional jazz playing group.  For tickets, visit or contact the Bowral Golf Club (4861 1042), but hurry up as it is likely to be an early sell-out.
However, there is much more to Bill’s story than just a passion for jazz.  We did not have enough time to cover all the ground that Frank had in mind, but some of the highlights were:
  • Introduced Formula One Grand Prix motor racing to Australia in 1985 with the help of the SA Government and the co-operation of the famous Bernie Eccleston;
  • Being a successful car racer himself, including winning the Celebrity Event at a Grand Prix;
  • Negotiating with the NSW Government for a $15 million guarantee to develop the Eastern Creek Raceway in Sydney (;
  • Developing the feasibility study and scoping the design brief and concept for the Cardinia Motor Recreation & Education Park in consultation with Drew Price Engineering, the Cardinia Shire and the Victorian Government (;
  • Consulting to the Australian Karting Association for the redevelopment and upgrade of a new international-level karting circuit at Eastern Creek;
  • Involvement in a myriad of other motor sport activities.
How good is that! Thank you, Bill and Frank, for another entertaining RCBD luncheon.
Berrima Marketplace Playground Upgrade
I made a brief presentation at the Council Meeting this week (24th July) in support of the Draft Master Plan for the Marketplace.  The Plan was approved by Council with many positive comments about the project and Rotary’s involvement.  However, because of the fact that we will be removing a couple of (insignificant) trees, and in light of the heritage sensitivity, the WSC Planning Department has insisted that a DA be obtained before starting work.  This suggests that another couple of frustrating months will go by before a sod is turned.
Wingecarribee Vocal Muster
At the Changeover, Richard Lane kindly fought off the after-effects of the ‘flu to sing the National Anthem for us.  This also gave him the opportunity to promote the big Awards Night coming up on the 27th of July at Gibraltar Hotel, Bowral.  Tickets are $60 each, but he has arranged a special discount for RCBD members, family and friends if we can put a table or two together for the night.  A request for attendees has been circulated but we are still looking for a few more to make up a table.  A reminder has recently been sent out.
SHBG Kite Flying Workshop
This week we report on the outcomes of some of our aid shipments. MAFO client African Bush Camps Foundation reports that goods from the two containers shipped recently to Zimbabwe and Zambia are now being distributed. The brand new Maunga Health Centre near Livingstone will be fitted-out and equipped with the contents of the Zambia container, once the building is completed by ABCF volunteers. The Centre will then be handed over to the Zambian Government to operate.
The ABCF Board inspects the nearly completed health centre at Maunga Village, Zambia.
And in Democratic Republic of Congo, 150 pairs of eye glasses purchased with a Pink Umbrella Foundation grant and air-freighted to DRC as a RAWCS project have been distributed to residents of the remote Lotumbe village, greatly improving the lives of those who were suffering from impaired vision. Lotumbe can only be reached by canoe, with a trip to the provincial capital taking several days. Poor vision and other health problems seriously affect the mobility of the villagers in an environment where self-reliance is necessary for survival.
Public transport to Lotumbe on the Congo River.  
Not that we were trying, but MAFO seems to be heading towards a new record for aid shipments within a given period. Just three weeks into the new Rotary year and five separate projects are underway. Hospitals and medical institutions in Papua New Guinea, Timor-Leste, Solomon Islands (2) and Kenya will be the recipients. And as of today, 25 July, date we have received two new orders for air freight shipments, one from a Swiss supplier of water treatment equipment that serves the Asia-Pacific region, and one from Rotary’s own Lucy Hobgood-Brown for emergency medicine skills training equipment to her beloved Democratic Republic of Congo. During the same period we hope to add a third air freight shipment, that of Grant Hannaford’s optical lenses to Nepal.
The Rotary Club of Berrima District
District 9710
Club No: 28217
Chartered 13th August 1991
ABN: 14 784 296 315
PO Box 1311
BOWRAL   NSW   2576
Our Motto : Service Above Self
We meet every Wednesday at 12:00 PM
Bowral Bowling Club (Jack High Bistro)
40 Shepherd Street
Bowral   NSW   2576
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