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Want to know what the new Margaret River Community Mens Shed will look like when its completed?
An architectural artist’s impression (animated) as a fly-through of the new Shed has been created by the Shed’s architect, Chris Wilcox and his team. Thanks to Chris and his group for their outstanding efforts.
Rotary Park is always busy with Margaret River residents and visitors to the town making use of the playground, BBQ's and open areas looking out across the river. Whilst we were working in the park the number of locals and visitors who stopped to chat and express their gratitude for the work Rotary does was wonderful.

The Margaret River Rotary Club invites you to the launch of the provenance.org.au - a new online community marketplace for the Margaret River Region. Provenance is a Rotary Directory Program driving COVID-19 recovery and prosperity for the Margaret River Region. The Provenance web app combines online purchasing features of websites like Amazon, Airbnb, Eventbrite, UberEats, GoFundMe and Airtasker.

Our local businesses and community groups can now trade goods, services, bookings, tickets, donations and quotations online.

Attend the event if you'd like to:
Learn more about the Rotary Directory Covid19 Recovery Program
Meet the First Sellers on the Market Place
Sign up to start Selling or Buying local online
Enjoy Local Refreshments and Canapes

When: 17 September, 2020 - 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Where: Margaret River HEART, 47 Wallcliffe Rd
Dress Code: Smart casual
RSVP: 10 September, 2020

 

It our pleasure to announce that the African region has just been certified wild poliovirus-free.
Rotary members have played an invaluable role in the effort to rid the African region of wild polio.
 
They should be proud of all the hard work they have done to eliminate the wild poliovirus throughout Africa and in nearly every country in the world. This progress is the result of a decades-long effort across the 47 countries of the African region. It has involved millions of health workers traveling by foot, boat, bike and bus, innovative strategies to vaccinate children amid conflict and insecurity, and a huge disease surveillance network to test cases of paralysis and check sewage for the virus.
The Rotary Club of Margaret River was one of the first local groups to back Radio Margaret River (RMR). Pip Mattiske spoke to the club on Tuesday 21st July and thanked the Club for their support saying she was pleased to call the club a founding partner.
RMR will be the first internet radio station in the south west and will be accessible from any computer with an internet connection and from anywhere, world-wide. Programmes will be community guided and will evolve as the community participates.
Travellers returning from overseas bring back with them leftover coins and bank notes. Small amounts of coins and small denomination notes in particular cannot be converted back to Australia currency. Rotary however can collect foreign coins and notes from hundreds of people across the community and convert these into funds for Rotary projects supporting health, education and welfare of people especially children. Over the last eight years over $300,000 dollars has been raised across Australia by the coin and note collection program. Please help us by dropping your unwanted currency into the collecting bucket at the Beach Life Surf Shop at 121 Bussell Highway on Margaret River Main Street.
 
 
 
 
Yes it's here.  Collect your directory from the Post Office or from our major sponsor, Margaret River Mitre 10 in Station Road.
 
Check out pages 2 and 3 - Mindful Margaret River have timely information as to who to contact to get help if you are finding things difficult at the moment.
 
Don't forget there is also an online version at https://www.margaretriverdirectory.com.au/
 
Thank you to all our advertisers. If you missed out and want to organise your online entry now, just visit the directory website or email admin@margaretriverdirectory.com.au
 
 
 
Guest speakers – Rotary Youth leadership Awards (RYLA) participants Kate Mann, Tess Mann and Louise Dumpleton very recently returned from the RYLA camp. They spoke about what they felt they gained from the RYLA experience

They showed a video taken by one of the leaders which was valuable for the Rotarians as it gave a taste of some of the activities that took place at the camp. The enthusiasm of the three girls, who thanked Rotary for sponsoring them was particularly rewarding to club members who now have a better understanding of the value of the activity and whether it is worth continuing to promote RYLA. The answer is a resounding YES!
UPDATE 10/12/19.... The raft is now back in water and moored in its normal place off Gnarbup beach.
The club would like to give a very large thank you to Gareth Edwards of
PVP Signs for donating his services to paint the Rotary logo on the Rotary raft.
This was no small job, involving four separate on-site visits and represents a donation valued at $650.
The raft will be back in place moored off Gnarabup beach in a couple of weeks and will stay in place through the summer months. Once again thank you Gareth.
Margaret River Rotary Club have recently been working with Margaret River Hockey Club, plus local service clubs and companies to create funding for a new sports facility in the community. $300,000 has been raised so far including a $50,000 donation from Rotary Margaret River towards the new synthetic surface training turf for the hockey club.
10/12/19: Thanks to Maxine Williams for her presentaion to the club this week about the progress with the development of the Hockey Training facilities. It will be situated next to the Bowling Club, within walking distance of four schools. It will consist of synthetic turf, with lighting and will be managed by the Shire which has provided strong supported the project. Construction will begin as soon as a State Grant is received.
Three crates of clothes, materials and equipment has been sent off on it’s journey to Timor. Gordon Temby came up with the idea to support the fire brigade in Dili, and collected one and a half crates of fire protective clothing and helmets no longer used by the Wallcliffe bushfire brigade. In addition to the fire protective clothing and helmets, other goods collected included sewing machines for women’s cooperative groups in Timor, full bedding sets (sheets, towels, pillow cases) for clinics and schools courtesy of the Lions Club of Boyup Brooke, children’s sports uniforms from Lions MR, material to make kits for the Days for Girls program, and some non-perishable medical supplies for the clinic in Baucau. It is impossible to thank all the donors individually as many of the goods were donated anonymously. However the goods have been packed and are on their way after an extended collection and organising program.
Premier Mark McGowan was in Margaret River on Friday to present a Lotterywest grant to the Margaret River Men's Shed to support the construction and fit-out of the new shed for the community group. A grant of $311,500 is being made available for stage 1 and a further $68,500 as matched funding for money yet to be raised locally for the second stage of the project making a total  grant of $380,000.
The Children’s Leukaemia and Cancer Research South West Bike Trek started on October 13th in Perth and ended 600km later in Augusta on October 19th. The riders visited Margaret River on the last day of their ride and were treated to afternoon tea in Rotary Park and the Club President Brian Middleton presented them with a cheque in support of their cause.   
Margaret River Rotary Club are proud to be platinum sponsors of Strings Attached 2019 - The West Australian Guitar Festival. Running for three days from 11th to 13th October with over one hundred events at venues in the town and across the surrounding area. The festival is attracting guitar players, makers and enthusiasts from across Australia and further afield.  Full details on the Strings Attached 2019 web site. https://www.stringsattachedfestival.com.au/ 
This week the club met at the Margaret River Public Library, where Jodie Porter gave members a guided tour of the library. The Library is part of the State Library of West Australia network of public libraries with access to a state wide collection through inter-library loans. The Library has a huge variety of e-sources, including books, e-books, e-magazines, online data bases, movies and much more.
This weeks speaker Katie Gray is the Housing Advocacy Officer for Just Home Margaret River. Her mission is to create a better understanding of housing affordability and availability in the region, as well as help people with a case by case situations to secure a home.
The Housing Advocacy Project is locally funded by the Shire of Augusta Margaret River, The Rotary Club of Margaret River, Margaret River Soup Kitchen, local donors and fundraising with in-kind support from the Margaret River Community Centre.
President Brian kicked off the first meeting of the Rotary year welcoming visiting Rotarian and Chair of Rotarians Against Malaria and the night’s guest speaker, Steve Carroll and his wife Dorene from the Rotary Club of Newcastle Harbour. In addition he welcomed partners and guests plus Zoom virtual meeting participants including club member Andy Ledbetter, eRotarians President Shogo Williams-Matsuoka, Jan Horsley, Rod Styles, Alison Lockwood, David Thwaites, Tom Kintail and Kate McKenzie who joined us for Steve’s presentation.
Following the meal and club business Steve took to the floor and explained how his work in Laos, pushing for the clearing of mines and cluster bombs and helping fund the building of schools, eventually led to his involvement with the bid to reduce incidences of malaria.
Malaria is the second biggest killer of people in the world with, on average, 500,000 deaths a year. One particular mosquito, the Anopheles female, is responsible for most deaths. Other mosquitos can spread a different type of malaria which, whilst dangerous and with attacks often recurring throughout life, is not immediately deadly.
Steve and Dorene work with Rotarians Against Malaria overseas supplying mosquito nets treated with insecticide (cost $10 each), rapid diagnostic kits ($6 each) and comic educational books for children.
There is no immunisation available, but a vaccine is being developed in Queensland. Research is about half way there, but many more funds are needed and Steve and Dorene have been fund raising since 2017. A Rotary Ride Around Australia Motorcycle Ride raised substantial funds. See this link for more information on the work on the vaccine and, in particular, the substantial donation made by Bill Gates
A final warning from Steve, when travelling, do all you can to protect yourself against mosquito bites.
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Margaret River

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Margaret River, WA 6285
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