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The first Raffle being conducted to raise money for the Rotary Mission Beach Splash Pad Project was drawn yesterday.

First prize (a Skydive courtesy of SkyDive Australia, and accommodation at Eco Village) was won by a very happy Allie Ramage.

Second prize (accommodation at Beachcomber Coconuts Holiday Park) was won by an equally happy Sharon Martin.

Congratulations to both winners.

The second raffle is now being sold, look out for tickets being sold locally at lots of outlets.

Splash Pad Raffle Draw Ron Taylor 2017-08-04 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ron Taylor on Aug 04, 2017

A new display sign has been erected beside the Mission Beach Police Station on Tully-Mission Beach Road. This sign is to be used to display crime prevention, road safety and community based messages.

This project was instigated by Sgt Troy Nowitzki, the Officer in Charge of Mission Beach Police using the proceeds from the Mission Beach Police Sheriffs fund, and support from Mission Beach Rotary.

The Sheriffs fund raised money for this sign from the Trivia Nights that have been held at the Mission Beach Resort.

The next Trivia night is being organised for Saturday the 21st of October 2017, and monies raised will be used for other community and crime prevention projects organised by Sgt Troy and Mission Beach Rotary.

 

New Display Sign Mission Beach Police Station Ron Taylor 2017-08-03 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ron Taylor

On Friday 23rd June the Mission Beach Rotary Club held their changeover night at the Mission Beach Resort, with 16 people attending.

President Tom Brown passed the baton to the incoming President Trish Moore, who is looking for more social functions, completing the Splash Pad and new members to come on board to help with our Community work. (The Splash Pad is at the stage of us gaining a Federal grant due to be announced at the end of this month or early July.)

Past Presidents Tom Brown and Chris May received Paul Harris sapphire pins to be added to their Paul Harris recognition for their continuing work for Rotary and the Community.

Ron Taylor received a Paul Harris recognition for his work, particularly the working  and organising of our Markets which are our major fundraisers.

Rotary Mission Beach changeover night Ron Taylor 2017-06-26 14:00:00Z 0
The 5 member GSE team from Minnesota North America arrived in Mission Beach last Sunday. On Monday Mission Beach Rotary President Tom Brown took them White Water kayaking on the Tully Gorge, where they all had an awesome time despite a few bruises (and aches this morning).
Monday night they attended a combined Rotary meeting at the Mission Beach Resort, with Tully, Innisfail & Mission Beach Rotary clubs. Everyone enjoyed the presentations and their meals.
This morning they have moved on to be looked after by the Ingham Rotary club.

GSE Team Visit to Mission Beach Ron Taylor 2017-05-08 14:00:00Z 0
Seeing the devastating outcome of Italy's earthquake with so many injured, deceased and homeless has prompted Mission Beach Interact (MBI) to donate $200 from funds raised at the Rotary Monster Markets.
Hot on the heels of the magnitude 5.8 earthquake near Bowen a week previously in which thankfully  no one was hurt, to be able to provide help, even in some small way, seemed like the right thing to do. "This is to help others in need when they need it the most and to get Italy back to how it should be", said club president Latisha Smallman.
The funds have been donated to ShelterBox Australia, an organisation which provides emergency shelter and vital supplies to support communities around the world overwhelmed by disaster and humanitarian crisis.
MBI is a youth organisation for 12-18 year olds and is part of Rotary International.
For further information on the club search for the Facebook page @interactmissionbeach or call Ru Carslake on 0417017852.
Mission Beach Interact Club Donate to Italy Earthquake ron taylor 2016-09-01 14:00:00Z 0
Rotary Mission Beach have recently made several donations to organisations within the local area.
After the Monster Markets last Sunday, a donation of $350 was made to the Mission Beach Cyclones (AFL football club) from funds raised at the market. And another $350 donation was made to the Mission Beach Ambulance Officers to help with the purchase of their new Defribulator.
A donation of $1500 was made from the 'Sheriffs Fund' (a fund set up by Mission Beach Police & Mission Beach Rotary) to purchase three security cameras which will be available for loan to persons experiencing problems at their properties. (Contact Mission Beach for more details).
A further donation of $230 has been made from the Sheriffs Fund after a request by the Tully Police to purchase a White Board which will be placed in the shed at the bottom of the Mt Tyson walking track so hikers can leave their departure and ETA details before setting off on their hikes.  This will assist in any rescue events that might be required.
 
Recents Donations made by Rotary Mission Beach Ron Taylor 2016-08-03 14:00:00Z 0
Mission Beach Markets were held this morning in the park near the beach at North Mission Beach.
It was a great morning, sunny and very busy with lots of visitors enjoying the sunshine and the many varied stalls.
The Markets were enjoyed by both stallholders and the visitors.
      
 
 
Mission Beach Markets Ron Taylor 2016-07-16 14:00:00Z 0
Mission Beach Rotary Volunteers, plus two visiting southern Rotary members (Col & Malcolm) spent Tuesday afternoon spreading mulch around the trees in the park near the beach where Mission Beach markets are held.
The park now looks very spick and span ready for the Markets which will be on this Sunday. Thanks volunteers
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Rotary Working-bee, cleaning up the Market park Ron Taylor 2016-07-14 14:00:00Z 0

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rotary volunteers have spent the day unpacking and re-locating donated goods into a sea-worthy shipping container! Local Mission Beach resident Susanna Pearson has been busy collecting items to be shipped to Education House in East Timor.


The goods have been stored at Mission beach and today were transported to Innisfail and packed into the container.

Thank you to everyone involved in helping this project take one step closer to delivery!

Another Container to East Timor! Andrew Baker 2016-07-11 14:00:00Z 0
 
Bob Irwin is on a road trip north with a film crew documenting his life and meeting up with some of the people he has helped along the way. He will be at the Mission Beach Cassowaries (MBC) Stall at the Monster Market on 25th to meet the cassowary community, "a community" he says "that cares".

The wonderful cassowary sculptures made by local kids for the World Cassowary Day, currently on display at the Art Centre, will be paraded a...round the market starting at 9.30 am.

Come and meet Bob, share your cassowary stories and let him know why you think cassowaries are so special. Profits from all items for sale at the MBC Stall will; be donated to the C4 Land Gift fund to help protect forever cassowary habitat at Mission Beach

Bob Irwin visits Mission Beach Andrew Baker 2015-10-22 14:00:00Z 0
Rotary recently welcomed another Corporate Member - Woolworths Mission Beach.  Pictured below is Cameron McKeon accepting the Welcome Kit from President Tom Brown. We look forward to working with Woolworths on many future projects and events.
Woolworths - New Corporate Member Andrew Baker 2015-06-22 14:00:00Z 0
Recently we had a visit from Susanna Pearson who continues to work tirelessly for Encouragement House in Dili. Susanna's next project will involve organising teams of volunteers with trade experience to travel to Dili to share their knowledge and train locals in trades that will assist in providing skilled labour in their local communities. If you would like to know more about Susanna's project you can contact her on: 4068 7280
Calling all Tradies Andrew Baker 2015-06-22 14:00:00Z 0
Last month's Monster Market Raffle was a huge success with tickets being sold by Trudy Mitkus and rotary volunteers. Together we raised $750 which Trudy will donate to help to provide care packages for our drought-stricken farmers and under-privileged children. Great job everyone!
Trudy's Monster Raffle! Andrew Baker 2015-06-22 14:00:00Z 0
Splash Pad Fundraiser Andrew Baker 2015-05-20 14:00:00Z 0
At the CCRC Council meeting on the 9th April 2015 a motion was passed that council would take over ownership of the MB Rotary Splash Pad when constructed this approval opens the way for Rotary to now go ahead with serious fund raising .....
But first Mission Beach Rotary would like to thank everyone involved in donating, encouraging and supporting this project so far, Awesome!
The project is now shovel ready, but can't get underway until all the funds are raised.  MB Rotary are confident this can be achieved and a concerted effort is now underway to encourage companies, organisations and individuals to donate funds or in kind support just click on the paypal button!
Also we now have tax deductable/charitable (DGR) status, anything over $2.00 is tax deductable!
There are many grants which we are eligible to apply for but this takes lots of time therefore to speed things up Rotary are urgently seeking the assistance of volunteers with grant writing experience to assist with this task.  Many hands make light work!  Anyone out there willing to help? Call Tom on 0437 314 080
Another Step Closer to Reality! Andrew Baker 2015-04-19 14:00:00Z 0

21 January 2015
 
 
To residents of the Cassowary Coast Region.
 
Re:  Open letter regarding the Mission Beach Aquatic Centre and Rotary Splash Pad
 
The 75 members of the Mission Beach Rotary organisation wish to clarify our collective position in relation to the proposed Aquatic Centre and the Rotary Splash Pad.
 
The Club supports the concept of an Aquatic swimming pool at Mission Beach, however we are opposed to construction of a pool or similar facility at MARCS Park due to detrimental economic effects this will have on the community.
 
The Club welcomes the support for additional funding over and above the $1.5M promised by Hon Andrew Cripps for the MARCS Park location, if a foreshore location can be found. This would provide maximum tourism and economic benefits to Mission Beach.
 
The Club considers an aquatic facility would be a community asset which could be shared by both tourists and local families. Tourism could provide increased revenue depending on location and visual amenity, reducing the cost of maintaining the centre whilst providing local families with the facility it has long been promised.
 
MARCS Park
Rotary Mission Beach has operated the markets at MARCS Park for the past 25 years. Stall holders and visitors to the market come from far and wide, providing considerable economic benefit to the area, many of them stay overnight, supporting local restaurants and shops during their stay. All income from the markets are reinvested by the Rotary Club into the community.
 
In August 2012, the Cassowary Coast Regional Council published a report titled CCRC’s “Liveable Cassowary Coast Community Markets”, this report made a number of observations and recommendations, including the following:
  • “The Mission Beach Monster market was both the most attended…and the most popular market” (page 7).
  • “The Mission Beach Monster market was the favourite Cassowary Coast market for market goers” (page 7).
  • “Community markets have been recognized as a valuable local asset” (page 11).
  • “On busy market days the existing car parking space at MARCS Park is often full, with vehicles forced to park in other adjacent areas. (page 57).
  • “The proposed construction of the Mission Beach Aquatic Facility in MARCS Park and the car parking required for that is seen as a potential problem.” (page 57).
Since publication of this report, Rotary Mission Beach, have implemented a system of marked car spaces and improved signage to increase organisation and maximise parking efficiency, however the markets are also growing in popularity so parking continues to be an ongoing issue. Any developments at MARCS Park reducing parking space would be severely detrimental to the MARCS Park Monster Markets and the broader economy. 
 
Rotary Splash Pad
Rotary Mission Beach’s proposal for a Splash Pad at Rotary Park was unanimously approved by council in September 2012. This facility will be fully paid for by funds raised by Rotary Mission Beach without contribution from council. Plans for the Splash Pad are now well advanced, architectural and engineering drawings have been approved by council and copies are available on request to the club president or will be downloadable from a new web site, http://www.rotarysplash.org.au/ to be launched in February 2015. The Club are now seeking CCRC development approval, which would see construction underway during 2015.
 
Whilst the Club supports a foreshore location for an Aquatic centre we remain fully committed to our proposed Splash Pad, on the foreshore at Rotary Park, Wongaling Beach.
 
At our Club meeting last night, 20 January 2015, the members agreed the following:
  1. Expedient installation of this much needed and strongly supported, community and tourism facility is our highest priority. We are unable to support any initiative liable to adversely affect our timelines.
  2. Rotary Mission Beach have a commitment to Rotary Park Wongaling and are committed to this as the location for the Rotary Splash Pad for the time being.
  3. That the facility is maintained on a free to use basis for both resident and visiting users, since this provides the most benefits with respect to both community welfare and economic growth.
  4. That the splash pad features and equipment and supporting infrastructure (viewing decks, BBQ, landscaping, pathways) are designed and constructed to the highest quality.
The Club considers the Mission Beach Aquatic facility and the Rotary Splash Pad to be complimentary and would partner perfectly on a foreshore location.
 
The increased visits and longer stay by tourists will have wide positive economic impact for business and community in Mission Beach, as well as providing flow on economic benefits for the Cassowary Coast region.
 
Tom Brown
President
 
Open Letter regarding the Mission Beach Aquatic Centre and Rotary Splash Pad Tom Brown 2015-01-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Andrew Baker on Dec 03, 2014
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
President Tom Brown has been working hard in our local community gathering support for the Rotary Club of Mission Beach.
 
A social gathering was held at the Mission Beach Resort on Tuesday evening to induct 4 New Members, 2 Corporate Members and 11 Friends of Rotary.
 
We would like to Welcome the following New Members:
 
Corporate Membership
  • Mission Beach Resort:  Mark Colquhoun
  • Mission Beach Resort:  Nathan Marshall
  • Tropical Property:  Susie England
  • Tropical Property:  Tania Steele
New Rotarians
  • Alana Robertson
  • Don Krausharr
  • Jasmine Cardno
  • Judy Campbell
Friends of Rotary
  • Eva Welsh
  • Bill Toffler
  • Charlie Peel
  • Chrysta McCarthy
  • Diana Dade
  • Mission Beach Petanque Club - Sal Badcock
  • Mission Beach Petanque Club - Kim Badcock
  • Selena Murray
 
Rotary Welcomes New Members & Friends Andrew Baker 2014-12-03 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary Mission Beach regularly provides financial support to local community clubs and organisations. Club President Tom Brown recently presented the Tully Girl Guides with a cheque for $500 to go towards purchasing camping equipment. These funds will assist them in attending their regional camp this weekend. Girl Guides is the largest youth organisation for girls and young women in Qld, so if you're interested in joining then why not give them a call!
Girl Guides Go Camping Andrew Baker 2014-10-15 00:00:00Z 0
 
Club President Tom Brown recently presented Trudy Mitkus with a donation to this year's Relay for Life event. Trudy has been extensively fundraising throughout the year for this worthy cause, her efforts are commendable and show her true community spirit - well done from all the volunteers in Rotary Mission Beach.
 
If you are fundraising for a worthy cause and would like to assist in selling raffle tickets at the Monster Market, then Rotary would love to hear from you. 
Contact Tom Brown on 0437 314 080.
Relay for Life Donation Andrew Baker 2014-10-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Andrew Baker on Sep 07, 2014
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Cutten Walking Track features in The Tully Times - story written by Charlie Peel
The Rotary Club of Mission Beach officially opened the newly signed and restored Cutten Walking Track at Clump Point last week.
Cassowary Coast Mayor Bill Shannon cut the ribbon at the head of the trail, assisted by Rotary District 9550 Governor Moorthy Karuna.
The Rotary Club of Mission Beach headed a community collaboration to repair the track, following damage caused by Cyclone Yasi.
With assistance from Mission Beach Community Bank and non-financial support from Mission Beach Business and Tourism, the track was fitted with new signage detailing the history and ecology of the Mission Beach area.
Much of the information in the signs was provided by local historian Peter Kellett, whose extensive research into the subject will culminate in a book to be released later this year.
The signs tell of the Cutten family’s work in establishing a farm at Bingil Bay and depict the area as it has appeared over the years since European settlement.
Previously known as the Cutten Brothers Track, the Rotary Club felt it was important to acknowledge the work of the entire Cutten family in their pioneering contribution to the Mission Beach area and will now refer to the trail as the Cutten Walking Track.
The Cassowary Coast Regional Council helped to clear parts of the track where vegetation had collapsed and installed new seats along the walk, which runs through rare coastal rainforest from Clump Point to the Perry Harvey Jetty at Narragon Beach.
Rotary Club President Tom Brown acknowledged former Club President Chris May for his efforts in orchestrating the improvement of the trail.
Mr May said he was pleased several community groups were able to work together on the project.
“After Yasi there was a deal of damage done to the track and we could see that things needed to be done to restore it, and we saw this as an opportunity to make the experience better and more informative for everyone,” Mr May said.
Following the cyclone, the Rotary Club of Mission Beach also oversaw the installing of marine stinger kits along the beaches and is currently planning to construct a splash pad at Rotary Park in Wongaling Beach.
“We have about $350,000 raised so far for the water park but we will still need to get all of the necessary approvals from Council,” Mr May said.
Cutten the tape on walking track Andrew Baker 2014-09-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Andrew Baker on Jul 30, 2014
Mission Beach Rotary’s newest arrival is Ania Buhler, a 17 year old student from Amriswil, a municipality in Arbon District in Switzerland.  Ania was welcomed at the Club's weekly meeting on Tuesday night at Millers Bar and Grill.
 
During Ania’s 50 week stay in Australia, she will be hosted by 3 local families on the Cassowary Coast and will attend the Tully State High School.
 
Fluent in 4 different languages and a keen sportswoman, Ania has played handball for over 9 years.  She also loves swimming, skiing and snowboarding and has travelled extensively with her family throughout several countries all over the world.
 
Ania is looking forward to her Aussie cultural experience, meeting new friends and broadening her English.
 
 

 
Welcome to Ania Buhler (YEP Student) Andrew Baker 2014-07-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Andrew Baker on Jun 15, 2014
Saturday 31st May, the Rotary Club held it's first car wash as a fundraiser for the Splash Pad Project.
 
Woolies/Caltex supplied the equipment and sausages for the sausage sizzle.  Over 60 cars were washed on the day and the club raised just under $500 for the day.
 
A big thank you to Tom Brown for organising the event and an extra special thank you to everyone who volunteered their time on the day.
 
Car Wash Fundraiser Andrew Baker 2014-06-15 00:00:00Z 0
Walk & Ride Map in Distribution Andrew Baker 2014-06-08 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tracey Wilson on Jan 21, 2014

The Rotary Club of Mission Beach recently welcomed their newest member, Ethan Hillery.  Ethan is currently studying, spends his spare time volunteering and also fits in a song or two in the local choir at Mission Arts.  Ethan is pictured with Ron Taylor and Chris May.  If you're interested in becoming a member of Rotary Mission Beach please contact Chris May.

New Member Ethan Hillery welcomed! Tracey Wilson 2014-01-21 00:00:00Z 0
A wrap up of Rotary Club of Mission Beach 2013 Tracey Wilson 2013-12-13 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary Park Splash Pad has reached another Major Milestone! Tracey Wilson 2013-12-11 00:00:00Z 0
Check out our new FaceBook page!! Tracey Wilson 2013-11-24 00:00:00Z 0
Advertising Order Form Now available for Walking Track Map Tracey Wilson 2013-11-13 00:00:00Z 0
Advertising Order Form for Mission Beach Walking Track Map available Now on our News link Tracey Wilson 2013-11-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tracey Wilson on Nov 04, 2013

Calling past recipients of Rotary grants and funding - we want your stories!!

Rotary Club of Mission Beach is searching for past recipients of the Club’s donations and support.

The Club is interested in finding out about how the donation or support assisted the recipient and to hear their story.

Special projects coordinator Ru Carslake said that the Club wanted to find out what happened next.

“There’s times when a small donation or support can really make changes to people’s lives and we’d like to document the stories of as many people we’ve assisted as possible,” Mr Carslake said.

“Our Club donates over $10,000 per annum to support individual and community capacity building projects and we think it’s time to see what effect this support has.”

“The Club intends to produce a publication to celebrate the successes of our local recipients,” he said.

If you, someone in your family, or your organisation has been a past recipient of Rotary Club of Mission Beach support – no matter how long ago – please contact Ru Carslake on 0417 017 852 or Tom Brown on 0437 314 080.

 

 

Mission Beach Rotary support recipients – what happened next? Tracey Wilson 2013-11-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tracey Wilson on Oct 18, 2013

Kurrimine Beach Red Cross was a recent recipient of a $250 donation by Rotary Club of Mission Beach.

The presentation of the cheque took place recently at the Mission Beach markets. Rotary president Chris May handed the cheque to Norm Morris from the Kurrimine Beach Red Cross.Image

Kurrimine Beach Red Cross receives $250 donation Tracey Wilson 2013-10-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tracey Wilson on Oct 08, 2013
If you would like to become a Member of Mission Beach Rotary or donate to its community causes, please contact Chris on 07 40 687 220 during business hours.

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Mission Beach’s Rotary Park is to undergo a major upgrade with a beachside water play area, covered picnic areas, a combined picnic/performance pavilion and amphitheatre.

Cassowary Coast Regional Council on 28 February approved a revised master plan for the Wongaling Beach park and is working with Mission Beach Rotary on a staged redevelopment of the popular recreational space.

Mayor Bill Shannon told councillors that Mission Beach Rotary had committed to funding a water play area. Plans for the area, which is likely to be the size of the current older children's play equipment area (about 15m x 8m), follow inspections of Bowen's new water park.

Cr Shannon said a strong partnership with Rotary, Mission Beach's Bendigo Bank, the SMEC Foundation and other local organisations had already led to two new picnic shelters and a barbecue shelter, which were currently being installed at Rotary Park.

Cr Shannon said, "We thank Mission Beach Rotary for their ongoing community work. The contribution of a water play area will be just one of their achievements, and it will be a very popular one. The upgrade will be undertaken in stages, as funding becomes available.''

The first funded stage of the Rotary Park upgrade will include the replacement of the main picnic shelter, which was badly damaged during Cyclone Yasi in 2011 and later demolished. A new shelter, to be built on higher ground, will double as a stage and will have a landscaped amphitheatre below it.

The staged upgrade will also include a new public amenities block, the smaller picnic shelters and covered barbecue areas, shade sails for the skate park area, landscaping and new pathways.

The first stages of the park revamp will be funded by Council and Rotary with Council reserve funds, Cyclone Yasi insurance money, the Federal and State Government's cyclone recovery funding, Rotary fundraising money and contributions from other organisations.

Mission Beach Rotary's past president Ru Carslake said the water play area initiative was one of the club's most significant projects.

"The response from the community has been fantastic,'' Mr Carslake said. "We'll be preparing a project schedule now. With contributions from Rotary and other clubs and organisations we will be able to fund the water park and contribute to some of the other projects.''

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Mission Beach Rotary’s Monster Markets are held from 8 am to 12.30 pm at Marc’s Park on Cassowary Drive on the last Sunday of the month March to November.   If you wish to have a stall,  please contact Chris May on 07 40 687 220 during business hours.

The highly-popular Monster Markets are Mission Beach Rotary’s main source of income, enabling it to contribute to local, national and international community projects. 

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Following Cyclone Yasi, Mission Beach Rotary has undertaken extensive “clean-up” work on the Cutten Walk Track, which extends from the Clump Point boat ramp turnoff to the beach at the jetty. Fallen trees have been removed from the walkway and it is fully open again.

The track features timber walkways over swampy areas, steps on the steeper parts and seats along the route. A picnic table has been purchased for the jetty end of the track, and this will be installed when construction of the new jetty is completed.

Other work in progress for the Cutten Walk Track includes the development of eight interpretive signs. These will relate the Indigenous and Aboriginal history of the area along with information about local fauna, flora and geology. Mission Beach Rotary is being ably assisted with this project by Peter Kellet, our local historian.                       

Costing $28,000, this new initiative has been made possible by a fabulous donation of $20,000 from Bendigo Community Bank, with the balance coming from Rotary funds – plus a lot of physical input from Rotarians. 

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Under Rotary’s Youth Exchange Program, Mission Beach student  Bradley Figillo is getting a taste of South American community and family life.

Bradley’s family had to raise $10,000 for his trip to Sao Paulo in Brazil. A major contribution came from gold coin donations at Mission Beach Rotary’s Monster Markets, along with the proceeds of a seafood raffle. 

Bradley was personally involved in the fundraising. Rotary’s  policy is that anyone  who requests financial assistance has to be involved in the fundraising effort.

Bradley has been in Brazil for a couple of months now and by all reports he is getting along well with his host family and the language.

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After Cyclone Yasi in 2011, most of the sixty stinger vinegar bottle posts along the Mission Beach foreshore were uprooted, with many lost.

These have been replaced by Mission Beach Rotary members who work a roster system during the stinger season, replacing used vinegar, which is purchased by the club. 

Each stinger vinegar bottle post contains instructions on what to do if anyone is stung while bathing.  

NEWS UPDATE OCTOBER 2013 Tracey Wilson 2013-10-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ru Carslake on Oct 08, 2013
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Danora Buschkens, 
Liaison Officer for 

Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority has written to thank Rotary Mission Beach for supporting the 1300ANIMAL project.

Rotary MB have added stickers to all their vinegar stations, from South Mission to Garners Beach.

BACKGROUND

The RSPCA 1300 ANIMAL emergency hotline operates 24 hours a day and is the primary phone number for members of the public to report sick or injured animals, including marine strandings. Operators of the hotline have access to a comprehensive wildlife knowledge database as well as an extensive list of contacts including rehabilitators and rescuers, council agencies and other animal welfare organisations across the state of Queensland. This ensures that there is a fast and effective response to any emergency notifications.

The Cassowary Coast Local Marine Advisory Committee (LMAC) recognised the great importance of this hotline, particularly in regards to marine turtle stranding assistance. Cassowary Coast LMAC raised some concerns in regards to the design of the current stickers for promoting the 1300 ANIMAL hotline, with the phone number being quite difficult to read and wanted to assist in improving the promotion of the hotline. They made a request to RSPCA to re-design the stickers so the hotline could be utilised to its full potential for locals wanting to report a marine animal stranding.

The RSPCA has now re-designed the stickers with a turtle theme and the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection (EHP) has provided funding for the printing of 10,000 copies to be distributed across Queensland.

Rotary - Wildlife Heroes! Ru Carslake 2013-10-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tracey Wilson on Oct 08, 2013

Over the coming weeks members of the Rotary Club of Mission Beach will be actively seeking sponsors to collaborate with on the erection of a Water Play Park at Rotary Park, Wongaling Beach.

Rotary members have spent countless hours working with council, visiting other regions with water play parks, speaking with technical experts and investigating options around the best possible fit for our community.  We believe the Water Play Park will be not only a local attraction but will also entice visitors to our community to stay longer, as has occurred in other regions like Bowen and Airlie Beach.  By providing a safe and stinger free water play place locals and visitors will be able to relax with their families on the beach front setting with arguably one of the best views in the world.

If you are interested in being part of this project please contact Ru Carslake on 0417 017 852 or Tom Brown on 0437 314 080.  As well as monetary support, we are accepting in-kind donations.

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Rotary Park Water Park Sponsorship Drive - Coming Soon Tracey Wilson 2013-10-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tracey Wilson on Oct 08, 2013
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ImageThe highly anticipated Mission Beach Walking and Bicycle track map will be out soon.

The Map has been re-done to scale to allow visitors and locals alike to gauge how far their walk will be and how long it will take them.

If you're a business interested in advertising on the map, there are business card size places available. 

Call the project officer Roger on 0408 526 155 for more details.

Advertising spots available for Misstion Beach Walking and Bicycle track map Tracey Wilson 2013-10-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ru Carslake on Oct 07, 2013

Danora Buschkens, Liaison Officer for 

Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority has written to thank Rotary Mission Beach for supporting the 1300ANIMAL project.

Rotary MB have added stickers to all their vinegar stations, from South Mission to Garners Beach.

 

BACKGROUND

The RSPCA 1300 ANIMAL emergency hotline operates 24 hours a day and is the primary phone number for members of the public to report sick or injured animals, including marine strandings. Operators of the hotline have access to a comprehensive wildlife knowledge database as well as an extensive list of contacts including rehabilitators and rescuers, council agencies and other animal welfare organisations across the state of Queensland. This ensures that there is a fast and effective response to any emergency notifications.

 

The Cassowary Coast Local Marine Advisory Committee (LMAC) recognised the great importance of this hotline, particularly in regards to marine turtle stranding assistance. Cassowary Coast LMAC raised some concerns in regards to the design of the current stickers for promoting the 1300 ANIMAL hotline, with the phone number being quite difficult to read and wanted to assist in improving the promotion of the hotline. They made a request to RSPCA to re-design the stickers so the hotline could be utilised to its full potential for locals wanting to report a marine animal stranding.

 

The RSPCA has now re-designed the stickers with a turtle theme and the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection (EHP) has provided funding for the printing of 10,000 copies to be distributed across Queensland.

 

The new stickers will be 235mm x 70mm (larger than previous stickers which were 200x50mm), UV stable with a ‘life-expectancy’ of around 3 years.

 

An opportunity has now arisen for all Local Marine Advisory Committees (LMACs) to be involved in this great project and assist in the distribution of these stickers in their local areas. 

Rotary Aids Stranded Sea Creatures Ru Carslake 2013-10-07 00:00:00Z 0
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SMEC donate $15,800 towards Rotary Park Upgrade

It has been some time in the planning but the Mission Beach Rotary Park redevelopment project will soon begin.

New facilities have been planned to compliment current Rotary Park facilities and replace some that were lost to Tropical Cyclone Yasi.  Stage One of the Rotary Park redevelopment project will include a large undercover area, an outdoor stage, and a picnic shelter near the skate park.

 

SMEC Foundation chairman Les Douglas presented Mission Beach Rotary with a $15,800 donation towards this redevelopment project.  The Foundation has made some $40,000 of donations towards cyclone restoration projects in Cardwell, Tully Heads and Mission Beach.

Staff of SMEC Holdings, a multinational engineering and development consultancy, have made these donations towards helping communities impacted by TC Yasi.

“This support from SMEC is a super boost to the Rotary Park redevelopment project that Mission Beach Rotary, Bendigo Bank, and the Cassowary Coast Regional Council have been working towards for some time now.  Rotary Park is a popular place of outdoor recreation for our communities and tourists so Rotary are very excited about the new facilities this project will provide”, President Mission Beach Rotary Chris May said.

SMEC donate $15,800 to Rotary Park upgrade! Richard Blanchette 2012-12-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Richard Blanchette on Nov 19, 2012
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Tully High School student Brad Figallo will soon be heading from Mission Beach to Brazil on a one year Rotary Youth Exchange.

“Brazil will be amazing, I am learning some Portuguese and should know soon which city I will be living in and more about my host family.  We also do an Amazon Safari Tour with other YEP students, which I am looking forward to.  Thank you Rotary and all the friends and locals that supported my fund raising efforts”, says Brad.

YEP from Mission Beach to Brazil! Richard Blanchette 2012-11-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Richard Blanchette on Nov 19, 2012
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Anyone for a year of education and culture overseas? 

Its a good time for interested people to find out more on the Youth Exchange Program for 2014. 

“Rotary’s YEP is a great opportunity for community leaders of the future.  It is a real life changing experience, its educational, and a super way for our youth to experience other countries and cultures.” Ru Carslake, Mission Beach Rotary YEP Co-ordinator.

Start by contacting Mission Beach Rotary or visiting their website at www.rotarymb.org for information and click on YEP.


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Posted by Richard Blanchette on Oct 15, 2012
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66 Mission Beach Stinger Stations have been repaired and prepared for the season by Rotary Mission Beach.

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Posted by Richard Blanchette on Oct 02, 2012

Monster is the word, last Sunday's Rotary Mission Beach Monster Markets was the 'biggest ever'. 

There was real festival feel to this month’s market as locals and tourists strolled and shopped the many market stalls.   School holidays and fantastic weather added to the day to make this the biggest Rotary Mission Beach Monster Market ever.

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Posted by Richard Blanchette on Sep 30, 2012
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Monster is the word, Sunday’s Rotary Mission Beach Monster Market was the ‘biggest ever’!

There was real festival feel to this month’s market as locals and tourists strolled and shopped the many market stalls.   School holidays and fantastic weather added to the day to make this the biggest Rotary Mission Beach Monster Market ever.
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Posted by RU CARSLAKE on Aug 26, 2010
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Mario de Jesus is a final year student Veterinarian from the Timor L’Este National University, Dili with a previous Agriculture Diploma. His home village is Ira-Onu in Los Palos at the eastern end of the island. He funds his studies by translating for the UN Police and Rotary and is also heavily involved in youth work for the church. He is researching chicken fertility and is earnest about improving life for his people with ideas for chicken farms and supermarkets for perishable local produce. He was nominated for RYLA by RC Dili, sponsored and hosted by RC Mission Beach the following week for a vocational tour of North Queensland. In transit Mario was hosted by the Darwin and Cairns Clubs.

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Posted by RU CARSLAKE on Aug 25, 2010
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Student Exchange is a whole lot of fun.
The new culture and different people you meet are amazing.

I love it here.
I now can understand majority and have been trying hard to speak a lot more.
It is dodgy spanish, but the more I practise the better it gets.

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Posted by Andrew Baker

A Student from Tully High School Brendan Barrett has applied and been accepted for the Rotary Youth Exchange Program (YEP). A condition of Brendan's acceptance into the 12 month program is that an overseas student has to be accommodated in this area for the 12 months. Brendan's family will accommodate the incoming student for part of the year but we are looking for two additional family's preferably with teenage kids who would be able to share the undertaking for the remainder of the year. Up to a dozen overseas YEP students who are staying with families around Nth Qld. will be hosted in Mission Beach on the weekend of the 7-8th June by Rotary MB, they will be staying in Wongaling if anyone is interested in meeting an interesting bunch. 
For more information or if anyone is interested in meeting the students please contact Chris May on 4068 7220 or Michelle Barrett on 0428 669 260.

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ImageMission Beach Rotary has spent many hours of hard labour to accomplish the re-opening of the Cutten Brothers Walking Track.

The track sustained a great deal of damage during Cyclone Yasi and many trailer loads of debris had to be cleared during many working bees. The re-opened track will shortly feature new seating and signage explaining the history of the track and a new picnic area has been established.
 
The total project is costing $30,000 and could not have been achieved without the fabulous financial support Mission Beach Rotary received from the Mission Beach Community Bank who obtained a $10,000 donation from the Bendigo & Adelaide Bank’s Community Enterprise Foundation. Mission Beach Rotary is proud to be involved in this on-going project as it an asset to the community and tourists alike and keeps the history and stories of the track alive.

This is the media release of the events:
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If you would like to become a Member of Mission Beach Rotary or donate to its community causes, please contact Chris on 07 40 687 220 during business hours.

Mission Beach Rotary's Monster Markets are back! The next one is 28th of April 2013 at Marc's Park, Cassowary Drive, Mission Beach - from 8 am - 12.30 pm. 

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Mission Beach’s Rotary Park is to undergo a major upgrade with a beachside water play area, covered picnic areas, a combined picnic/performance pavilion and amphitheatre.

Cassowary Coast Regional Council on 28 February approved a revised master plan for the Wongaling Beach park and is working with Mission Beach Rotary on a staged redevelopment of the popular recreational space.

Mayor Bill Shannon told councillors that Mission Beach Rotary had committed to funding a water play area. Plans for the area, which is likely to be the size of the current older children's play equipment area (about 15m x 8m), follow inspections of Bowen's new water park.

Cr Shannon said a strong partnership with Rotary, Mission Beach's Bendigo Bank, the SMEC Foundation and other local organisations had already led to two new picnic shelters and a barbecue shelter, which were currently being installed at Rotary Park.

Cr Shannon said, "We thank Mission Beach Rotary for their ongoing community work. The contribution of a water play area will be just one of their achievements, and it will be a very popular one. The upgrade will be undertaken in stages, as funding becomes available.''

The first funded stage of the Rotary Park upgrade will include the replacement of the main picnic shelter, which was badly damaged during Cyclone Yasi in 2011 and later demolished. A new shelter, to be built on higher ground, will double as a stage and will have a landscaped amphitheatre below it.

The staged upgrade will also include a new public amenities block, the smaller picnic shelters and covered barbecue areas, shade sails for the skate park area, landscaping and new pathways.

The first stages of the park revamp will be funded by Council and Rotary with Council reserve funds, Cyclone Yasi insurance money, the Federal and State Government's cyclone recovery funding, Rotary fundraising money and contributions from other organisations.

Mission Beach Rotary's past president Ru Carslake said the water play area initiative was one of the club's most significant projects.

"The response from the community has been fantastic,'' Mr Carslake said. "We'll be preparing a project schedule now. With contributions from Rotary and other clubs and organisations we will be able to fund the water park and contribute to some of the other projects.''

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They’re back! The first of Mission Beach Rotary’s Monster Markets for 2013 will be held from 8 am to 12.30 pm on 31 March (Easter Sunday) at Marc’s Park on Cassowary Drive. Over 150 sites have been booked.

In addition to the normal array of fresh produce, fashion and plant stalls, the 31 March market will feature a demonstration by the SES, whose officers and volunteers do great work in the area.

Future markets will see a car and motor cycle display, a camping display and other displays during the year.  

Most of the available sites for 31 March have already been booked but there are still some sites available. If you wish to have a stall, at the 31 March market or future markets, please contact Chris May on 07 40 687 220 during business hours.

The highly-popular Monster Markets are Mission Beach Rotary’s main source of income, enabling it to contribute to local, national and international community projects. 

Future markets will take place on the last Sunday of each month, with the final market of the year in November.

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Following Cyclone Yasi, Mission Beach Rotary has undertaken extensive “clean-up” work on the Cutten Walk Track, which extends from the Clump Point boat ramp turnoff to the beach at the jetty. Fallen trees have been removed from the walkway and it is fully open again.

The track features timber walkways over swampy areas, steps on the steeper parts and seats along the route. A picnic table has been purchased for the jetty end of the track, and this will be installed when construction of the new jetty is completed.

Other work in progress for the Cutten Walk Track includes the development of eight interpretive signs. These will relate the Indigenous and Aboriginal history of the area along with information about local fauna, flora and geology. Mission Beach Rotary is being ably assisted with this project by Peter Kellet, our local historian.                       

Costing $28,000, this new initiative has been made possible by a fabulous donation of $20,000 from Bendigo Community Bank, with the balance coming from Rotary funds – plus a lot of physical input from Rotarians. 

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Under Rotary’s Youth Exchange Program, Mission Beach student  Bradley Figillo is getting a taste of South American community and family life.

Bradley’s family had to raise $10,000 for his trip to Sao Paulo in Brazil. A major contribution came from gold coin donations at Mission Beach Rotary’s Monster Markets, along with the proceeds of a seafood raffle. 

Bradley was personally involved in the fundraising. Rotary’s  policy is that anyone  who requests financial assistance has to be involved in the fundraising effort.

Bradley has been in Brazil for a couple of months now and by all reports he is getting along well with his host family and the language.

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After Cyclone Yasi in 2011, most of the sixty stinger vinegar bottle posts along the Mission Beach foreshore were uprooted, with many lost.

These have been replaced by Mission Beach Rotary members who work a roster system during the stinger season, replacing used vinegar, which is purchased by the club. 

Each stinger vinegar bottle post contains instructions on what to do if anyone is stung while bathing.  

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Kelly Hunt is a student at Tully State High school who recently traveled to Canberra for the National Youth Science Forum. Our Rotary club helped to sponsor and support her in her endeavor and here is here story of success and fun. This is her speech that she gave to the club after she went on the trip.

Look in photo albums for pictures from her trip.

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New garden in Rotary Park

Over the last 2 weeks Mission Beach Rotary Club have been  landscaping and planting shrubs to shield from view the pumping facility and emergency generator, situated opposite Millers Bar and Grill at Wongaling  Beach.  This work is just a small part of the large scale plan for the development of Rotary Park, an ongoing  project supported by CCRC other service organisations, which will provide a diverse range of community facilities for all.
Anyone able to offer assistance or interested in any Rotary projects  (eg Youth Exchange Program, marine stinger bottles, Rotary Park) please contact the Rotary President on 0417 017 852 or missionbeachrotary@gmail.com.

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