4 November Meeting
Local resident Robert Bender has been working on the garden beds around Ivanhoe Station for 20 years. “Every plant was a serious environmental weed” reported Robert—like Chilean Needle Grass and Central American Cactus, and of course the ever-present Ivanhoe Agapanthus. Robert dis-played enormous enthusiasm for his work and has clearly taken on more than one person can reasonably cope with in one lifetime.
Testimony to Robert’s efforts are some of the now-established native plantings in the station environs.
Our Club executive has agreed to put together a working group to explore opportunities to muster input from the wider community to assist with this significant environmental improvement project.
David Balshaw gave an update on the Rotary Overseas Recycled Play-grounds initiative. ‘Saving landfill – delivering joy’ is the project’s aptly worded slogan
From the first playground sent to Sputnik Girls Home in Sri Lanka, only three years ago, there are now more than 40 Rotary clubs involved. More than 50 playgrounds have been harvested across Vic and SA, mostly shipped to Sri Lanka under a partnership between RC Flemington and Rotary District of Sri Lanka and Maldives. More recently there have been re-quests to also source play-grounds for Tanzania and Timor Leste.
David told us approx 2,000 play-grounds in Vic are replaced each year. Regulations prevent these being re-used in Australia, but they can be very effectively re-cycled to keen communities overseas. Our club has so far harvested seven playgrounds and is one of the most active clubs par-ticipating in the project.
A pdf version of the bulletin is here. RC of Ivanhoe 18 Nov 2020