Rotary Club of Warrnambool Inc.
District 9780 - Charter No. 3237
Inc. 20 November 1929, No. A0018734E
ABN 93608992894
PO Box 195, Warrnambool 3280
Assoc. Professor John Sherwood
Jul 23, 2019 6:15 PM
"Warrnambool's Moyjil Site - evidence of early Australians?
Anthony Leddin
Jul 30, 2019 6:15 PM
"Plant Breeders Without Borders" Project
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•Traditional Owner Acknowledgement
•Rotarians tree planting around city
•Role as open space planner in strategic planning area of council
-What do we mean by open space? Basically our public parks, gardens, sports fields, trails and nature reserves. There are many people that do work relating to our open spaces at council. My role deals mostly at the higher planning level so I am not involved in the day to day activities within our parks but more the long term strategic direction.
-Last year myself and other council staff met with Michael Boyd to talk about your interest in EJ King park and where it sits in Councils planning and priorities.
-Tonight I thought I’d talk about the big picture of open spaces and their value to Warrnambool, our open space strategy for Warrnambool and some of the achievements from that, our current open space planning project on the Merri River, and then the Hopkins River and EJ King Park, and where it sits in our planning framework.
I’m not sure if you have all heard this before, but Warrnambool has recently been identified as the most liveable city in Victoria by two separate assessments, the Deolite and Ipsos indexes of livability.
And one of the major contributors to our great liveability in Warrnambool are our open space areas around the foreshore and Lake Pertobe.
I recently read some new research that if you spend two or more hours in nature per week there are measureable benefits to your health and wellbeing.
But it has to be at least 2 hrs across the week to receive a measured benefit. So spending time in these areas is good for your mental and physical health.
I don’t know about everyone else, but when I see this view of Warrnambool, I know I always think how lucky am I to live here.
And the world agrees. In 2014 Lake Pertobe was listed as one of the top 10 parks in the south pacific region on the TripAdvisor website, which is based on visitor feedback.
Lake Pertobe consistent gets good reviews on the website, and has maintained a 5 star rating for several years. These are a few recent comments from visitors from around Australia and even overseas.
So I think we are punching above our weight here in Warrnambool, and I think it is something for us to be proud of.
And much of what we enjoy now came from the early vision for Lake Pertobe by a City Engineer called Ed Johnson back in the 1970s.
This statement here is a more recent vision for Warrnambool, which came directly from the Warrnambool Community.
At the end of last year Council adopted a Green Warrnambool Plan. It aspires to Warrnambool being the most sustainable regional city in Australia by 2040.
So we are still reaching. We are an aspirational lot here in Warrnambool.
It is obviously a very ambitious goal, but our sustainability team at council are already taking significant steps towards this goal.
I believe our open spaces also have a big role to play in achieving this long term goal, through supporting walking and cycling for transport, and restoring our natural environment.
So I’m going to test your local open space knowledge for the next few slides and see if you can identify where some of these photos have been taken.
Port Fairy to Wbool rail trail along the Merri near Pertobe Road.
Japanese friendship garden off Grafton Rd.
For me this is the best playground in Warrnambool outside of Lake Pertobe and one of the nicest parklands.
Jubilee Park Woodford or Wurrumbit Birrng Yaar (which means ‘long waterhole’ in the traditional Peek Whurrong language).
If you haven’t been out there for a few years, it is worth going back for a look.
Pedestrian bridge to Jellie Reserve walking track on other side of river in Woodford.
Our 63rd and newest playground in Warrnambool, at the corner of White and Aberline Roads.
Playgrounds are actually very expensive to replace and maintain nowadays. So this is a challenge for council as costs rise.
Botanic gardens and the historic bridge which is part of the state heritage listing of the gardens.
Maam wetland reserve off spring flat road in east Warrnambool.
A fauna survey was recently done here. One was a colony of tiny white footed dunnart, which are a small native mammal.
So we have a fantastic and diverse network of open spaces and parklands in Warrnambool, the ones I have shown are just a small sample.
Can any one take a guess how many individual parks and open spaces we have in Warrnambool? It is 209.
When compared to other Victorian councils, we benchmark fairly well for our population size.
But this is something we need to continue to plan for and manage in order to maintain our liveable status, support tourism and recreation, and reach our ambitious sustainability goals.
To help manage and plan for the future of our open space network, in 2014 Council adopted the Warrnambool Open Space Strategy. At that time we did a community consultation and heard that open spaces are really important to Warrnambool residents.
The biggest issues related to improving access to and connections between parks.
A common criticism of any government agency is we like writing plans but do we implement them?
In 2014 we adopted 75 recommendations. As of this month, of the 75 recommendations, 79% are either completed or underway.
These are just a few of the highlights from the past 5 years.
•We’ve adopted a new Master Plan for Lake Pertobe, and you may have heard that we received federal funding to implement the first stage, which is $2.9 million worth of works. So you may ask why we need to put more money in to Lake Pertobe when it is already good. Yes it is already good and we don’t want to change it too much, but it is part of our premier open space precinct in Warrnambool. It is important in terms of our lifestyle, tourism, events, and our natural environment.
•It has massive flow-on benefits to the City, so we need to make sure it stays this way by continuing to invest in it. So that is LP.
•We’ve also completed the Russell’s Creek trail at Garden street. This has resulted in nearly 4000 people gaining access to a continuous 5km of off-road trails
•We’ve also added pedestrian connections at a number of locations where there was a barrier to accesssing open space, whether it be a river, or busy road. In many parts of Warrnambool, it wasn’t that tehre weren’t enough parklands, but that people could get to them. So we've added pedestrian crossings at Dalton’s Bridge, Wellington Bridge, Younger St over the Merri, the Mortlake Rd/ Wollaston Rd intersection, and over the Merri at Jubilee Park in Woodford
•We’ve upgraded a number of parks in that time. Barton Court park in west Warrnambool has been upgraded to a neighbourhood park using developer funds – this improved open space access to over 300 properties, plus more as development occurs.
•We have also been planning for a number of open spaces in areas to be developed, including a new 7ha coastal reserve east of Logan’s Beach as development occurs out that way.
•We have some design work underway for wayfinding signs and some signs already funded to go in at Lake Pertobe and the Foreshore. Wayfinding signs are..
There are still a few projects from the strategy yet to be completed. These are a few of them, I won’t read them all out as I want to focus on two.
-The South of Merri Open Space Precinct Plan, which is a currently funded project in the strategic planning team.
-And the EJ King to Scoborio Reserve precinct plan as I know this is of interest to the group.
So we all know the foreshore and Lake Pertobe are great, but we also have this emerging potential in our two rivers – the Hopkins and the Merri.
[Just on the weekend, I popped in to watch part of the Bream Classic held on the Hopkins with Merv Hughs attending, and all of the expensive boats brought to town. And I thought, what a great thing to bring to Warrnambool for our economy.]
I think as we grow, the rivers are going to become more important as recreation corridors than they have been previously.
Our rivers are closer to where most people live in Warrnambool compared to the foreshore. There are currently nearly 5,500 properties within a 10 min walk of the Merri.
This is around 1/3 of residential properties or 13000 residents, and this will continue to grow by several thousand as Warrnambool grows.
The problem is, at the moment, there are limited opportunities to access the river for recreation purposes and our riverside parklands are not well connected.
But there is a growing interest in the two rivers, particularly the Merri. The state government though the Glenelg Hopkins CMA currently sees it as a priority, and last year a Merri Alliance made up of 9 groups and agencies was formed.
I’m also aware that the local Rotary groups have been active in revegetation works along the Merri recently.
This is the tree planting at Cassidy’s bridge I mentioned at the start of the presentation run by OzFish and the Glenelg Hopkins CMA, where I met a number of Rotarians on the day.
This area is to become public open space, so the trees planted will become part of a new trail and open space corridor for Warrnambool as development occurs along here.
So our current priority project in open space planning is an open space precinct plan along a stretch of the south side of the Merri River.
The precinct includes Manuka Dr Reserve, public land at the end of Woodend and Tarhood roads, Platypus Park, Bromfield St Weir, Queens Rd Reserve and St James Park.
The purpose of the precinct plan is to look at how we can better connect and activate this space as a whole for people to better access the river.
So the parks in the precinct don’t make up a huge part of Warrnambool’s open space network in terms of area, but strategically they are really important.
It is probably the best opportunity for the most current residents to access the Merri river.
It provides the opportunity to improve equity of access to open space in west Warrnambool. West Warrnambool has our highest population, but the poorest access to open space and off road trails. It also has pockets of disadvantage.
There is also a large open space corridor planned for the north side of the river, which will open up access to the river. When this happens people are going to want to access both sides of the river and now is the time to plan for that.
The precinct also represents the last piece in the puzzle to connect the current Russell’s Creek walking trail that ends at Daltons Road with a future north of Merri walking trail. If we connect the trails at this point, it has the potential to connect over 25km of current and future trails in warrnambool.
This shows where walking trails and pedestrian crossing points are in the North of Merri Structure Plan, and where Russells Creek trail currently ends.
So these are some of the parklands in the precinct.
We are about to commence a public consultation on this precinct to look at what the issues and opportunities are. It is mostly floodprone, so there are some limitations, but there are also good opportunities to improve access along and to the river.
It would be fantastic to get your feedback for this project.
We are about to commence the public consultation in the next few weeks, which includes a survey. They are going out the next week, so I encourage you to look out for it.
Or, I have brought in a few surveys if anyone wanted to fill one out early and give it to me tonight, particularly if you live near the area. The only disadvantage if you fill it out tonight is that you don’t get the issues and opportunities paper that will go out with the online survey.
So we are focusing on the Merri parklands at moment, but the Hopkins is also a major asset in the Warrnambool open space network.
It has very high cultural significance for the people of the Maar nation.
It is a premier fishing river for Victoria.
The Hopkins is a long term focus of the GHCMA, and the lower Hopkins estuary a priority estuary.
It also has growing tourism value, especially with the recent research done at Moyjil that proposes that humans have been here longer than any other place in Australia.
When we did the open space strategy in 2014, we looked at different planning precincts in Warrnambool. We looked at the current and future population of the precinct, and access to open space.
This one is the south hopkins precinct. It has some amazing parklands including parts of the foreshore, Moyil, Logans beach and of course EJ King. However it has some of the worst accessibility to open space due to barriers such as the railway line and river, and a lack of footpaths in some areas.
-Compared to Merri, the opportunities to access the Hopkins are more limited in the short term.
-When I was doing the open space strategy, what stood out to me was how important the EJ King to Scoborio reserve precinct was.
-When I was doing the open space strategy, what stood out to me was how important the EJ King to Scoborio reserve precinct was.
-For me, doing long term planning for the EJ King to Scoborio precinct.
And this is why the precinct that includes EJ king park is so valuable to Warrnambool. It is these views, and this access to the river.
So the recommendation in the OSS is to do a precinct plan similar to the one we are doing on the Merri at the moment.
We don’t have a nominated time frame for the EJ King to Scoborio plan. It isn’t necessarily urgent, but it is very important strategically. So we want to do it at the right time.
We’ve just got a new Chief, and we already have a number of recent plans that need to be funded, so that may influence when we do it.
But rest assured, any work you are doing at EJ King will one day be part of a significant long term asset to Warrnambool.
I hope the message I’ve gotten across is that our open spaces are a bit asset to Warrnambool, and play a major role in our lifestyle, economy and the protection of our local environment.
Whilst we all recognise the value of the coast, our waterways are going to become more important.
Our current focus in City Strategy at present is on the south of Merri Precinct, which will play an important role
We certainly do recognise the strategic value of the EJ King site, and I think you should keep that conversation going with council.
It is great the work you are doing there already.
I’m sorry I can’t give a timeframe on when that might happen. It definitely won’t be before we finish and maybe even fund the South of Merri plan.
Thank you.
by John Beks
Presentation to Rotary Club of Warrnambool – 29/1/2019
Goeden avonddames en heren, Welkom tot een historische vertelling van de aankomst en successvolle streven van de duizenden Hollandse immigranten, veel van hun die kozen om in deze part van Australie to wonen.
Are you with me???  After 65 years in Australia, it took me more than 20 minutes to translate that short greeting from my well-worn Dutch dictionnairy. At least that will give you some idea about just one of the problems facing migrants to a foreign country.
(An advance apology: this will take a little longer than our weekly presentations.
But no longer if you take into account your travelling time to get here!)
About 11 years ago, in The Standard, Warrnambool physiotherapist, Dutchman Bore Hoekstra, expressed the sentiment, that there was a need for recording the local history of the early Dutch immigrants some 60 or so years ago : and to do it, before the original settlers fall off their respective perches, without leaving a record of their life-changing stories, recalling their arrivals, their hardships and their distinct experiences in this foreign part of the world.
Overcoming language and cultural barriers and, in some cases, prejudice, they worked diligently to build new lives and forge a place in their local communities, for themselves and their offspring.
This could not have been done without the ready acceptance and co-operation of well-meaning Aussies. Bore's publication is entitled : "CLOG WOGS"- STORIES OF THE DUTCH IN SOUTH-WEST VICTORIA.
Southern European immigrants, by appearance, used to be readily recognized, and quickly tagged as dagoes or wogs.  The Dutch, however, were less readily identified as such, and tended to be more easily merged and blended into their newly chosen Aussie society.
As such, they got involved in their community, be it socially, or in sport or church groups, with most marrying Aussie partners.  
The CLOG WOGS pays tribute to a selection of  7 Dutch settlers, willing to proudly tell their stories, having made their mark and achieved success in a range of endeavours , from business, sport and even politics.  All of their names are still familiar today in their respective local business pursuits.
More than half a century after making the courageous decision to start a new life in south-west Victoria, these 7 families and subsequent generations have become an intrinsic and familiar part of the fabric of our region.
In accordance with the provisions of the Club’s Rules, notice is given that the Annual
General Meeting and election of office bearers will be held during the Club’s meeting
scheduled for Tuesday 13 November, 2018. Prior to the AGM the Club will be seeking
nominations to fill vacancies of President-Elect 2020-2021; Vice-President 2019-2020;
Secretary 2019-2020; Treasurer 2019-2020, and 8 vacancies of Director 2019-2020.
Nomination Forms are available from President Michael Boyd, President Elect David
Brown, and Acting Secretary Gerry Delaney.
Gerry Delaney

Proud to be a dad

After being nominated by my daughter (and subsequently winning the P-2 category) I had the honour of attending the fabulous Father of the Year awards breakfast hosted and supported by Brophy, Rotary, South West Credit, Bunnings, The Standard and many other prominent Warrnambool organisations. The event was also very well supported by the many involved schools, upstanding political figures and local councillors. There is no doubt that every dad in the room was beaming with pride. It is a very special experience to be involved in something like this, knowing you are there because of your child’s submission. For me, it was a very humbling moment and I was incredibly proud to be part of it. From the initial discussions with Ian Cairns at Brophy and the friendly Brophy crew through to the event itself, it has been a remarkable and memorable process. I do very much hope the region continues to support this valuable program because I think as dads we really do wonder sometimes if what we are doing is ‘right’ and it was comforting to sit and listen to other dads and see that we all share very similar experiences and doubts undertaking this fatherhood gig. I think it is fair to say that the dad role has seen plenty of change particularly over the past 30 years and maybe even more so in the last 15 or so. Being a dad is a complex role as we balance work, society’s ever-changing expectations, emerging family structures and parenting trends and through it all our constant desire as dads to navigate it all and be the best we can for our children. I always find it somewhat amusing that dads seem to have this inherent non-verbal language that all other dads relate to. It is evident particularly at school pick up or school-related events (in my profession as a teacher I get to see this perhaps a little more often).  It’s the knowing smile, the dip of the hat, the wink or roll of the eyes that all dads quickly relate to and empathise with. It’s the loving awkwardness and at times semi-embarrassment fused with the over-riding pride in our children that we all adhere to, all while maintaining, or trying to, some semblance of parent composure. It’s a language we all speak, no matter what our backgrounds are or vocations and it is a common thread that binds us.

This had never been more evident to me than recently when the Principal Daniel Watson at Woodford (a fabulous school we are privileged to have our children attend) organised a dads social gathering in response to the highly successful and consistently well attended mum get togethers. On paper, it looked like an unlikely group with an incredibly diverse range of people coming together that suggested this may be a somewhat short lived event. But it was a fantastic evening for all who could attend, and the common bond? Dads. Yes, we are all on common ground through our aspiring endeavours as fathers and turns out it makes for a pretty impressive basis for a social gathering.

As a proud Dad, I feel like we have won the lottery after moving to Warrnambool. In the three short years we have lived here, I am constantly reminded of just how great the community spirit is and how it embraces all who call it home. My wife Lucy and our two children Hamish and Heidi are a close-knit family and we have had to be as our immediate family are all overseas or in Tasmania. But the community really does feel like our family. We are blessed to be raising our children here, have them attend a fantastic primary school and we are truly blessed to call this part of the world home.

Father’s Day this year has been a particularly proud moment for me as a result of the Warrnambool regions Father of the Year Awards. Because of the work of Brophy, Rotary and all the supporting organisations involved we have a program and community that recognises and values all the remarkable and unremarkable achievements that us dads do. We make mistakes, we no doubt embarrass our kids on a daily basis, but we love and cherish our children in a way that only a dad can truly understand.  

Ian Leonard, Warrnambool

The following letter was received from a family who stayed in our Camp Quality unit at Surfside 1. 
Dear Linda and Ashley,

We wish to thank you and all the people /organisations involved to make our Warrnambool stay a very pleasant, happy, full of adventure one.

Attached there’s some photos at the Carnival,minigolf, the great show of Flagstaff and flagstaff village- highly recommend.  It’s a great show.  Kids were mesmerised both with the information provided and way the laser and show were set. A truly great experience.

We had really great weather in Warrnambool, so obviously a visit to the beach was a must!!!

Thanks sooo sooo much for such a great cabin.  It’s walking distance to everywhere.

The staff at Surfside Holiday Park were very friendly and helpful.

God bless you all for the hard work and great experiences you manage to provide us(mums/kids living with cancer) with.


Karen xxx
On the weekend of Saturday November 11 the Warrnambool Rotary Club provided lunch and dinner for 54 Camp Quality people. This comprised  22 adults 25 children and 7 volunteers.The age bracket of the children varied from 2 years to 14 years.  The Rotary Club provided 9 members and one exchange student, Ben. We cooked a large range foods to satisfy a hungry group of people. Some of our guests had special dietary needs.
As the Camp Quality project is one dear to our club it always gives us great pleasure to be able to answer their call for assistance.The Rotary Club Members contributed 52 hours of voluntary service to this project. Most importantly great Rotary fellowship and team effort was experienced by all.
On Wednesday 30th August the Rotary Club of Warrnambool held the annual Father of the Year Awards Breakfast. In conjunction with Brophy Family Services and sponsored by Southwest Credit and Bunning's Warehouse the awards aim to celebrate fathers and father-figures who inspire young people to be their best, and to encourage men to be good role-models for young people.
Awards are given to fathers and father-figures in a number of categories based on the age-group of the child nominator, with an over-all winner named "Father of the Year". This year's winner was Daniel McKenna, nominated by his daughter, Amarli. In her submission Amarli wrote of writing a letter to her dad when she was little asking him to play a sport with her. The duo chose BMX and have been actively participating in BMX racing ever since with the whole family now involved.
We are delighted to congratulate Daniel, and all the other nominated fathers and father-figures. 
A great article by The Standard can be found at: http://www.standard.net.au/story/4889431/years-best-dads-named/#slide=3

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