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Rotary Mission Beach

Call us on 07 4068 7220

We meet every 1st & 3rd Monday
at 6.30pm
Mission Beach Resort
Wongaling Beach, Qld  4852
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May 2018
Check out our new Splash Pad Website
Dedicated especially to the
Splash Pad Project:

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.

The concept for the Mission Beach Splash-Pad began post Yasi in 2011.

During the last 6 years Rotary have been busy fundraising for this project. Donations of money, materials and resources have been pledged, grants have been applied for. The quality and value of the facility has increased over the years and is now worth over $900,000 however thanks to overwhelming community support in the form of cash donations and pledges of resources and materials, we currently have a small shortfall which will easily be met  by either one of two grant submissions currently under consideration.

Hopefully after June this year construction of the Splash Pad will commence. It will take approximately 4 months to complete.

Rotary Mission Beach have today donated $500 to Trudy Tschui of Mission Beach to go towards the Handbag Project. The Project is the brainchild of Trudy who started it last year as a way of supporting women in refuges. Bags full of toiletries are given to women's refuge organisations to hand out to women  from Townsville through to Cairns.
Bags, and  toiletry items to be put in bags can be left  at drop-off points till the end of April (Tully IGA, Ob la di, Julie's Beauty Spot, Hairstrand Salon & Innisfail Goodstart Early Learning).  Their are also bins in Woolies & IGA to place toiletry items into.
The bags will be given out on Mothers Day at Ronald Macdonald House, Marilyn Mayo Clinic and women's refuge centres within the area.

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.
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
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.














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!

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

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
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.
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

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.
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, 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 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 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!
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.
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.
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.

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.

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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