13th April 2021


  • FROM THE MEETING 6th April - Report

  • Pocket Positives - Seeking Contributors




NEXT MEETING Tuesday 13th April

Due to the necessity to minimise our attendance at events in public spaces where possible, we are continuing our Zoom breakfast meetings until a decision is made to return to face-to-face meetings.

If you would like to visit our meeting, please contact us by email on or phone 0455-858-996 and request log-in details.

The meeting will commence at 7:40am and conclude no later than 8:45.

Australian Wildlife Conservancy - a new model for conservation

In 2021 The Rotary Foundation added Protecting the Environment as the seventh area of focus.  Clubs and districts around the world have been challenged to develop worthwhile projects to fulfil the Foundation’s goals. Suvam Ganguli is leading Rotary Central Melbourne’s efforts in this area.

This session will highlight the work of the Australian Wildlife Conservancy and is designed to promote ideas that may lead to corporate partnerships in the area of wildlife conservation.

Australian Wildlife Conservancy (AWC) is the largest private owner of land for conservation in Australia, protecting endangered wildlife across more than 6.5 million hectares in iconic regions such as the Kimberley, Cape York, Kati Thanda-Lake Eyre and the Top End. Recognising that ‘business as usual’ for conservation in Australia will mean additional extinctions, AWC is implementing a new model for conservation.

Area managed for conservation

AWC manages 30 properties around Australia covering more than 6.5 million hectares. This makes AWC one of the largest private (non-profit) managers of land for conservation in the world.

Number of species protected

AWC protects a very high proportion of Australia’s terrestrial biodiversity including 74% of all mammal species, 88% of all bird species and over 54% of all reptile and frog species. We protect more species – and more threatened species - than any other non-government conservation organisation in Australia.

Measurable increases in populations

AWC is delivering measurable increases in the wild populations of Australia’s most endangered species. For example, the population of Bilbies, Numbats, Woylies, Bridled Nailtail Wallabies and Purple-crowned Fairywrens on AWC properties have increased even though these species are declining elsewhere.

Investment in science

AWC has 59 ecologists (around 29% of our staff), most of whom are in the field. In the last five years, the AWC science program has generated over 150 peer-reviewed publications.

Leadership on feral animal control and fire management

The scale at which we undertake practical land management activities such as fire management and feral animal control is unique within Australia:
  • AWC implements the largest non-government fire management program in Australia (EcoFire, in the Kimberley).
  • AWC has established the three largest feral herbivore-free areas on mainland Australia (Wongalara, Pungalina and Mornington Wildlife Sanctuaries).
  • AWC manages more feral cat and fox-free land on mainland Australia than any other organisation, including the largest continuous feral-free area on the mainland (Mallee Cliffs National Park).

Bianca Friend joined AWC in December 2018, as a Development Executive based in Melbourne. Prior to joining AWC Bianca was working with an equestrian publication managing clients and associated stakeholders. Bianca has a strong passion for wildlife and volunteered for several years in conservation, wildlife care and rescue. She is currently studying her Bachelor of Biological Science majoring in zoology at La Trobe University.

Angus Mitchell Oration 7th April
Don’t miss this in-person event, the Centenary Angus Mitchell Oration: “The COVID-19 pandemic response in Australia and the region: vaccines, medicines and masks…where to from here ?”
Date: Wednesday 7th April 2021
Time: 12.40 for 12.50pm start till 2pm prompt
Venue: 1st Floor Dining Rooms, Sofitel Hotel on Collins Melbourne
Cost: $55pp two course lunch
Enquiries to Jo Mavros
T: 03 9654 7242
Posted by Herb Greenwood
The meeting was opened by President Therese with acknowledgement to the original owners of the land upon which we hold this meeting.
Chair of the Day Alison proposed the TOAST TO ROTARY.
President Therese welcomed all members and guest speaker Bron Williams to the meeting, and Alison introduced our Guest Speaker. As a minister of the Salvation Army, Bron spent considerable time in Nauru based in a camp city with plastic chairs and many others keen to assist with the wellbeing of the people of Nauru. Brno’s presentation was titled:
I ask; what is your water? Or are you like the fish last to know very aware of much around you but last to think of the water you are in?
Biases are part of where we live as children our life is unquestioned and biases created that may follow us for life.
We must learn to live with them. BIAS is the tendency to approve a particular group of people or set of ideas to exclude others. I experienced this when arriving in Nauru as a volunteer on a very hot day, being afraid and surrounded by highly traumatised asylum seekers.
I saw the differences as a threat but sought solidarity with the Salvation Army Team. The sense of a different language, white peerage of superiority did not deter my help and make a change. To make a change in focus, acknowledge the bias and impacts that had been deeply entrenched.
Just like icebergs that sink ships that are not aware of the hidden 90% below the water that does the damage. We must try to address and eliminate the obvious inequality as the unaddressed bias is what will affect us.
  1. Increased financial returns.
  2. Improve staff relations.
  3. Improve decision making.
     1. Everyone has a set pace.
     2. Increase in bullying and harassment.
     3. Trust decisions to others.
     4. Micro administration.
     5. Staff fear reprisals.
     6. Disputes unresolved.
     7. Financial disparity.
     8. Us and them attitude.
     9. New ideas dismissed.
    10. Petty disputes.
Build awareness of bias.
Look for bias.
Address bias by shifting culture.
Bron was very grateful for the opportunity to speak about this important issue, and thanked all for listening. Many questions were asked by members reflecting the great interest in the question of bias and Bron offered to make some transcript available.
Chair Allison thanked Bron for her presentation and attendance at our meeting and invited her to stay if able to do so.
Member Birthdays
12th April - Gerard Hogan
Wedding Anniversaries
Bruce and Lyn McBain, Hon Members 31 years 8th April 1990
Date Joined Rotary
Rana Ebrahimi 11th April 2017 3 years
Peter Duras’ Report
Certificates of appreciation were given to Caprice for the enormous contributions the organisation has made through its engagement and support of RCM over several years.
Bunnings BBQs still successful with $1513.00 being made on the 5th April at Port Melbourne with special thanks to all that assisted.
President Therese reminded us our next meeting is a face-to-face meeting at the RACV Club; please make your reservations through trybooking.
Pocket Positives - Seeking Contributions
Continuing our Pocket Positive segment at our Rotary meetings – zoom and hybrid
Posted by Mary Voice
Particularly while we are not back fully all together at the RACV for meetings, this segment is one of the meeting segments that helps many to participate in/contribute to the meetings, as well as to give a little positive uplift for our members.  Remember, we look for a very short segment -- 2 minutes recommended, with a positive item of your choosing  -- a good news item, a short video clip, a recent family or community story, etc, etc.  President Therese is keen to keep it continuing.
I am seeking volunteers over coming weeks from club members who have not yet had the opportunity to contribute to this segment.
I'd love to hear from you; please let me know if you would like to participate.
Thanks all
Mary Voice; mob 0419 949 952
PS it would be nice to have a mix of male and female contributors continuing forward.


Garden DesignFest is back in 2021.

The event will take place over two weekends in November

This is a major fundraising event for our club and calls on many of members to volunteer.

Closer to November details of our involvement will be decided, in conjunction with our fellow clubs. 

For more information please use this link:

Our contacts are Roger Thornton and Anne King.

Garden DesignFest 2021 - A Rotary event showcasing the work of professional garden designers.

Managed by the Rotary Clubs of Kew, Brighton North and Central Melbourne.


Voluntary contributions

To everyone that has made or intends to make a donation towards club projects, thank you!

If you are in a position to make a donation or even a series of weekly donations please

arrange to transfer those funds directly to the club bank account with the reference “Donation”.

Bank Account Details:

BSB 033-000:  Account number: 791085

Thank you for your support!


The gallery

      Guest Speaker - Bron Williams
Meeting Chair - Alison Chan
   Various attendees - on the call

Meeting Responsibilities

ELLIS AM, Stuart
Greeter/Zoom Host
Bulletin Editor
Social Media
LIM, Daniel

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