NEWS UPDATE OCTOBER 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.