Which Project should I pick?
Rotary Alexandra is providing the general public an opportunity to hear details of five of the local “pick my project” submissions. This will at 7.35pm on Wednesday September 5th at the Alexandra Golf. There is no charge. This is following our dinner meeting.
Adam Johnston  Alexandra Youth Recreational Precinct

Providing Alexandra’s youth with an engaging recreational meeting space

The project would consist of redeveloping the existing bike park dirt jumps and vacant land next to the existing skate park.
The intention is to develop a more progressive, safer and user-friendly mountain biking pump, dirt jumps and skills development track for young people and biking enthusiasts.
The recreational precinct will give young people a safe and healthy meeting area and will encourage better life choices.
This new development would be designed and delivered by industry professionals.
• Reducing risk taking behaviours of local young people i.e. drugs and alcohol 
• Healthy outlet for young people and community 
• Greater respect and ownership of the main youth precinct in town 
• Creating a destination park that will support visitation 
• Encourages healthier outcomes for community 
• Mentoring and friendship opportunities between age and gender groups 
supporting community cohesion 
• Greater connection with the outdoors and local community

Sam Hicks  Alexandra indoor heated pool

To purchase and install an above ground Mineral Salt Pool.

To provide a cost-effective heated pool in a venue that can be utilised twelve months a year for the health, wellbeing, and safety of all Murrindindi residents. 
This will give our communities the opportunity to participate in group and personalised water activities and swimming lessons for all ages. 
This may include and is not limited to physical therapy, water aerobics, water yoga and scuba diving lessons. 
This project came about from a community meeting in 2015 when a local facility was no longer available. A group of parents decided to solve the challenge by researching options and holding community consultations.
This will benefit the community by providing learning to swim classes for all children in our region and enabling our elderly citizens of all abilities with an opportunity to engage in health and wellness by way of water therapy. Our residents currently have to travel more than 2 hours to access valuable therapy. Our children only have access to seasonal pools for Learn to Swim programs and many currently travel outside the region to access water safety programs in the winter months. Many parents choose not to participate in Learn to Swim due to the distance needed to access programs.
Sarah Irving  "Alexandra Youth Innovation Lab Pilot Project". 

Youth driving change in the community using technology and innovation

A “Youth Innovation Lab” in Alexandra’s main street will provide an exciting hub that attracts young people to engage in digital skill development and introduces them to industry experts and innovators to explore varied career pathways. Young people will apply their new skills in coding, robotics, 3D printing and digital animation art projects, to positively impact the local community. The Innovation Lab will be a place that promotes and develops entrepreneurship, creativity, working collaboratively within the local community and developing innovative solutions for local issues.
The Alexandra Youth Innovation Lab will provide:
Youth belonging and connectedness to community
Young people will become “Tech Ninjas” who are driving solutions via digital technology for individuals, community groups and society
Youth entrepreneurship, creating pathways and supporting our young people to remain in the community
Community education to enhance the knowledge of how digital technology is influencing the future world of work for our young people and cybersafe practices
Mentoring/study groups in mathematics, engineering and science will bring community members with skill sets to the “Lab” to support co-creating the vision and possibility

Melinda Burgess  . "From little things big things grow"
To develop a food van community learning space.

The food van will be a practical learning environment for community members who have barriers to employment. We will work with participants to develop skills in food safety, barista and decision making in a holistic approach aimed to encourage and empower. Our purpose will be to develop skills and pathways for individuals for further training and employment opportunities. Our philosophy is to walk alongside participants in the development of these new skills through participation in our productive gardens, kitchens and food van service.
Those with barriers to employment such as people with a disability, parents returning to work and long term unemployed will have the opportunity to develop skills and experience within the food van operation. The skills and experience obtained will offer individuals increased opportunity to gain employment and / or pathways to further qualifications. The van will operate during special events, lunchtime deliveries once a week, markets and for requested catering opportunities, giving participants a wide range of experiences.

Richard Simpson The Scout and Community Shed

Multi-purpose Scout and Community Shed servicing Alexandra and eastern Murrindindi

The Scout and Community Shed will provide a new multi-purpose space for various community groups across all age ranges for daytime, evening and weekend use. 
Co-financial contributors to this project, in addition to the $200,000 Pick My Project grant, will be Scouts Victoria who will match the $200,000 and the Shire of Murrindindi who have consented in principle to gift the land for the project. 
Additional local community pledges of $40,000 have been received to date. 
The Pick My Project grant will allow a $600,000 project to be delivered on the ground within the required 12 months.
Local community spaces within Alexandra and eastern Murrindindi (Eildon, Thornton, Buxton and Taggerty) suitable for active youth activities are limited and at capacity. This multi-purpose facility is designed for maximum use including:- daytime (playgroups, bush kinder, senior's exercise classes), after-school (dance, karate etc.) evening (Scouts), weekends (accommodation for visiting Scouts, community functions etc.). 
Scouts have occupied this site adjacent to Mackenzie Reserve for over 80 years. The buildings are no longer fit for purpose for Scouts or the wider community. This joint venture has been under development with Murrindindi Shire for three years.
Yours in Rotary
Tom Farrell
President Elect
Rotary Club of Alexandra
PO Box 76 Alexandra 3714
57721897  0431887842
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