February 2019
Executives & Directors
Director Club Service
Director International
Director Rotary Foundation
Director Youth
Immediate Past President
Youth Protection Officer
Public Officer
Director Community Service
Feb 13, 2019 12:15 PM
Highlands Community Centre Programs - My Life Dreams & On-Track
Feb 20, 2019 12:00 PM
75th Anniversary of Victory in the Pacific & the Kokoda Track
Feb 23, 2019 6:30 PM
2nd Awards Night
Feb 27, 2019 12:00 PM
Yesterday Stories - Berrima
Mar 06, 2019
Raising funds for Rotary Youth Programmes
Mar 30, 2019
Proposed date for inaugural market
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From the President
Sorry, it has been a while since the last Banter but the hot weather has introduced a level of ennui.  Last week’s meeting was a good example of the old adage “quality is better than quantity”.  Those who did attend were challenged by John Smythe to give an impromptu talk on a random subject selected from a list he had prepared ahead of time.  These varied from “What is your earliest childhood memory?” to “What was your favourite Christmas?” and even “Subject of your choice?” (I wimped out by selecting this one!).  We should do this again as it gave individual members an opportunity to tell us a bit more about themselves – always an engaging subject.
This week’s presentation was an equally engaging and perhaps more relevant subject – the Southern Highlands Community Hospice.  Their General Manager, Carisa Wells, gave us an overview of hospices generally, their benefits in relieving pressure on the hospital system while providing intensive personalised care, and some of the realities surrounding palliative care.  As many of us have had some association with palliative care already, and may well have much more in the future, this was of particular interest to the attendees.  Carisa also outlined some personal experiences that underpinned her passion regarding the development of a full-scale hospice facility in the Southern Highlands.
Carisa then went on to tell us more about the state of play in this area.  At the end of last year, they finally received DA approval to build a 10-bed facility on Bowral Street directly across from the hospital.  This will be done in partnership with local knee and hip man, Dr Nick Hartnell, and will be on land that has been designated as being exclusively for medical-related facilities.  The actual development could take up to two years to complete so, in the meantime, they will start offering “in-home” services, which can either be rolled into the completed hospice or continued in the home depending on circumstances at that time.
Finally, Carisa spoke briefly about the four hospice shops in Bowral and Mittagong and the 300+ volunteers that make all this possible.  She indicated that more volunteers would always be welcome, and I will circulate an application form for this in due course.
Berrima Marketplace Playground Upgrade
There was a significant breakthrough in the past week when we obtained approval from the Department of Family and Community Services to roll our $30,000 grant funds into the larger Stronger Country Communities grant that resides with the Wingecarribee Shire Council.  This means we won’t lose this money if there is no progress on development by the end of March this year, which is looking more and more likely.
There was also a site meeting held earlier this week involving the RCBD, various officers of the WSC, representatives of the Berrima Residents Association, the designer from Play by Design and an external heritage consultant who advises the WSC on such matters.  It was attended by the WSC Heritage Officer who had previously expressed some strong reservations about such an upgrade in this particular park.  There was considerable discussion regarding tree preservation, suitable parking locations for disabled visitors, suitable access to the disabled-user toilet, maintaining open spaces, limiting the playground footprint, recognition of the convict heritage, minimising footpath extent, acceptable footpath and equipment colours and materials, and minimal disturbance to the existing heritage stonework.  There may well have been other issues that I missed along the way.
I am not exactly sure how all of this will pan out, but hopefully we will be able to deal with most of the concerns in the next iteration of the Master Plan for the park.  We have to continue to bear in mind that the policies of both the WSC and the NSW Government dictate that all playgrounds must provide suitable access for disabled young people to existing playgrounds, and this is an excellent opportunity to bring the Marketplace into line with those policies.
Fundraising & Events
At a recent meeting of the Fundraising & Events committee, we discussed a number of exciting proposals for us to run during 2019.  The first of these will be the Where’s Wally Car Rally on Sunday the 17th of March starting in New Berrima.  This event is described in more detail later in this newsletter, so please put it in your diaries and tell all of your friends and acquaintances about it.  We are also looking at a major market at the Bong Bong Race Club facilities later in the year which will be a ripper.  Thank you, Bridget Cosyn for all of your planning and organisation efforts to date.
We are also holding the third of our Youth Working For Youth social soirees at the Southern Highlands Botanic Gardens on the 6th of March.  Entertainment this time will be from Mikki Dunne, a local musician who recently attended RYLA.  More on this later in the bulletin as well.  Remembering the success of our first such venture in the Gardens last year, please keep this evening open for you and your friends and family to attend.
In recent weeks MAFO has gained two new users of its services – Australian & New Zealand Gastroenterology International Training Association (ANZGITA) which was given assistance with shipment of endoscopy equipment from Sydney and Brisbane to Honiara – and African Bush Camps Foundation which sought help with full container shipments of general medical equipment to Zimbabwe and Zambia. The Foundation is committed to sustainable development by working in education, conservation and infrastructure, creating opportunities that empower rural communities located in vulnerable wildlife areas in Zimbabwe, Botswana and Zambia.
Developing Maunga Community Health Centre, Zambia.
Thank you again to the Southern Highlands Botanic Gardens for the use of their space for our function.  Please contact Lyndall ASAP on 0418861612 or at to confirm numbers.
For our meeting on the 13th February our speaker will be Nicole Blaik from the Highlands Community Centre.  She will tell us about a couple of the youth programs they are running there, including one that RCBD was instrumental in getting off the ground.  We will also have a short presentation from our newest RYLArian, Julia McGrath.
The Rotary Club of Berrima District
District 9710
Club No: 28217
Chartered 13th August 1991
ABN: 147 842 963 15
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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