Club Information
Welcome to our Rotary Club
Alexandra

Service Above Self

We meet In Person
Wednesdays at 7:00 PM
Alexandra Golf Club
Gordon st
ALEXANDRA, VIC 3714
Australia
First, third & fifth Wednesday 7.00pm Apologies/Guests Jenny Paul by mid-day Monday at the very latest! Email: peters.jennifer.m@hotmail.com or text on her mobile: 0409 855 208 Secretary Helen Gibb 0419893370
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Looking after our environment.
Josh Russell is an environmental engineer who has worked at Council for twelve years as Waste Management Officer after previous experience dealing with contaminated land.
 
A few figures: 500,000 bins are collected in the Shire each year, and 40,000 customers visit the Resource Recovery Centres each year.
 
Under the Local Government Act, Council has an obligation to 'Maintain a clean municipality'. Under the Health Act, they must 'prevent disease'. There are also responsibilities under the Environment Protection Act, and Circular Economy Act.
Murrindindi is one of a handful of Local Governments which still run their own landfill and resource recovery centres - most are contracted out to private operators.
 
Waste Management is a separate business unit within Council, which has its own income stream and manages its own expenses. They are responsible for the landfill, resource recovery centres and kerbside collections and waste education of ratepayers.
 
Planning is well underway for a major project - the development of a new landfill cell in Alexandra which will cost $3 to 5,000,000. The service receives 12,000 tons of waste per year and 15 vehicle movements per day.
The cell must be constructed to a high standard to manage leachate, odour etc.
Local management of waste is the only viable option.
 
Some larger suburban councils divert potential landfill to incinerators which are used to generate electricity. Four plants have been approved in Victoria.
Leachate collected from our local landfill is transported to Melbourne for disposal.
 
When the landfill is capped, it may be possible to catch and use the gas which is emitted.
Budget for new cell: $3.4 million for the base, $800,000 in the next year, $6.5 million to cap existing cells, which must be maintained for a further thirty years.With an income of $2 million per year, this should be affordable. Once the project commences, site tours will be offered.
 
The closed landfills at Kinglake, Eildon, Yea and the former Alexandra site all needed to be rehabilitated. Eildon had priority, due to its riskier location, and materials involved. 
$25,000 of metal was mined and recycled.
 
Resource Recovery Centres: Alexandra is the busiest, followed by Kinglake. 
Some materials are problematic such as concrete, timber and polystyrene, mattresses and tyres - e-waste is free to drop off and should NOT be placed in general waste bin.
 
The cost to council for recycling has increased from $50 to $100 per skip collected. $600,000 in landfill levy fees was collected last year and are expected to increase by 30% in the next financial year.
The steel pile and Scrap Shack are very popular with customers and divert materials from landfill.
Melinda Jackson awarded Paul Harris with Sapphire.
A well-deserved award for a devoted member of the Rotary Club of Alexandra. Her efforts with Cycle Dindi over 8 years, wood cutting, Art Show director twice and President are just a few of her amazing contributions to rotary and our community.
Photo President Geoff Proctor and Melinda Jackson.
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COMMUNITY SERVICE REPORT
Director 2023 – 2024  Ian Gibb
Thank you to the Community Service Committee (John Allcock, Tom Farrell, Noel McIlwraith, Geoff Proctor, Graeme Bylund, Anne Burns and Ros Humphries) and all the other members who have contributed to a very busy and successful year.
The Community Service portfolio includes a number of club activities that have their own budgets and their own ‘champions’.
As well as Rotary Alexandra activities like the Art Show, Music in the Park and Community Firewood, we also contribute to the activities of other community groups, including Cycle Dindi (where Yea Rotary does the bulk of the work) and provide labour and assistance for a host of other events like the Alex Show, the Rodeo and Cathedral Invitational.
Activities for the 2023/24 year have included:
  • Health and wellbeing:
    • Lift the Lid/Hat Day – we distributed collection tins to shops in Alex for this Rotary project, wore silly hats on Hat Day and added $500 to the money collected from the CS budget.
    • MDCancer Foundation (Kazza) – we donated $1,000 from the CS budget.
    • We supported Indigenous Health Scholarships again, donating $500 through Aust Rotary Health.
  • Music in the Park – once again Noel McIlwraith and her helpers made Music in the Park a success at Rotary Park in March. Music in the Park has become a showcase for local talent. It is well supported by the community.
  • Cycle Dindi – took place in March. We helped to provide a gala day out for 150 cyclists. As well as great catering from RC Yea, Melinda provided her ever-popular damper.
  • Easter Art Show – the Art Show was bigger and better than ever thanks to John Allcock and his hard working team.
  • Australia Day – went ahead at Rotary Park on 26th January, thanks to the initiative of Graeme and Jane Bylund and Maria and Malcolm Price.
  • Carols – we helped Alex Events with Christmas Carols on 22nd December.
  • Playground dismantling – we helped dismantle a complete playground in Eildon.
    The equipment has been shipped overseas to disadvantaged children under the Rotary Overseas Playgrounds (RORP) program.
  • Playground dismantling – we helped dismantle a complete playground in Eildon. The equipment has been shipped overseas to disadvantaged children under the Rotary Overseas Playgrounds (RORP) program.
  • Sensory Garden (Alex Primary) – our biggest donation for the year was $5,000 to support the construction of a Sensory Garden at Alex Primary School.
  • Jubilee Trees – we also donated $2,000 towards trees planted on the approach to Alex on the Maroondah Highway.
  • Food vouchers for Ukrainians in Melbourne  –  this project changed direction during the year. We donated $2,000 in food vouchers through cooperation with RC Carlton but due to a change in housing arrangements, food vouchers became a less effective form of support for the Ukrainians. Community Service returned what remained of RC Euroa’s donation and used some of our remaining funds to send $1,000 to RC Kharkiv Renaissance for support of a children’s centre.
  • Angel Flight - we donated $1,000 to Angel Flight, a great cause.
  • Satellite Phone for Alex Hospital – together with Lions and the Vintage Car Club we bought a satellite phone for Alexandra District Hospital to provide emergency communication during power blackouts.
  • Brazil floods – the committee has agreed to donate $2,000 through Rotary International.
  • ‘Days for Girls’ – CS donated $500 to a program that helps educate and support girls in remote communities.
  • Other donations – we also donated to Rotary funds ‘Shelter Box’, ‘Life’s Little Treasures’ and to ‘Starlight Foundation’ (support for children with serious illnesses).
  • Car parking – The Cathedral Invitational golf tournament attracted almost 900 vehicles, which we parked. CGC appreciated our effort and donated $1,800.
  • Firewood – The 2024 firewood season is well underway. So far this winter we have delivered 13 trailer loads to 10 households referred to us by Legacy, RSL, ADH and Menzies. The Beanie Festival helped to support the program with a cheque for $1,000. The ‘woodchucks’ also cut, split and loaded Red Gum from Sharon’s for the first wood raffle in May, with another to come in July.
  • Alex Show, wedding parking, Beanie Festival, Christmas Tree Festival, Open Gardens, Rodeo - we helped to support all these events with labour or equipment.
Rotary Alexandra continues to provide a strong presence in our local community and in the in bigger world of Rotary International.
Ian Gibb
Community Service Director
 
Rotary Alexandra was visited by an energic group of 1st Alexandra Scouts.
 With the help of their leaders Sarah Southam, Josh Russell, and parent Simon Cole, the scout ran a fun games night for everyone Nerf sword fights, footy in a bucket kept everyone entertained. The scouts then explained why they enjoyed being scouts; having fun, making new friends and learning new skills.
Club Leaders
President
Treasurer
Secretary
Community Service
Vocational Services
International Service
Rotary Foundation
Immediate past president
Public Relations
New Generations
Art Show