Welcome to Rotary District 9455 - Western Australia
Rotary's vision: together we see a world where people unite and take action to create positive, lasting change across the world. 
 
Are you a person who shares this vision, and wants to make positive changes in your community and the world?   Our Rotary club members are dedicated, progressive people who share a passion for community service, inclusion and friendship.   Becoming a Rotarian connects you with a diverse group who share your drive to give back.
News From our Clubs & District
Rotary volunteers packing Foodbank hampers - April-May 2022
 
The spread of COVID through Western Australian communities has severely impacted the number of regular and corporate volunteers across Foodbank WA’s five regional branches and the Perth Centre for Hunger Relief.  Since April, Rotarians have stepped up to help pack pantry staple hampers along with various other bundles such as coffee and tea packs, and hygiene packs amongst others. 
 
  • From 12.01am Friday, April 29, public health and social measures to ease
  • Masks encouraged but no longer mandatory except in specific settings
  • Two square metre rule and proof of vaccination requirements removed for venues
  • Asymptomatic close contacts will no longer need to isolate, subject to strict protocols
  • Changes for domestic and international arrivals into WA
  • Remaining school and early childhood measures removed, with more RATs provided
  • Mandatory workplace vaccination requirements to remain

Western Australia has secured its soft landing through the Omicron wave, making way for Level 1 public health measures across the State to ease from 12.01am Friday, April 29, as WA approaches a triple dose vaccination rate of 80 per cent.

 

Based on the latest health advice, WA reached its peak four weeks ago with case numbers, and hospitalisation and ICU admission rates stable and lower than anticipated, allowing public health measures to safely ease.

 

Masks will no longer be mandatory, except for those aged 12 and older (including Year 7s) in high-risk settings including hospitals, residential aged care, disability services facilities and correctional facilities, and also at the airport, on public transport, in rideshare and taxi services, and other passenger transport. Masks are encouraged where physical distancing isn't possible.

 

Asymptomatic close contacts will no longer have to isolate for seven days, provided they:

  • undertake daily Rapid Antigen Testing (RAT);
  • wear a mask outside the home;
  • avoid high-risk settings, including hospitals, healthcare settings, disability and aged care facilities, and correctional facilities;
  • work from home, where possible;
  • avoid non-essential gatherings and contact with people at risk of severe illness; and
  • should notify their employer/educational facility of their close contact status.

The State Government's free RAT program will be further expanded to provide more RATs to Western Australians who require them to follow the new close contact protocols.

 

Symptomatic close contacts must isolate until symptoms resolve and get tested as per existing protocols. If a close contact tests positive, they must isolate for a further seven days as per arrangements for positive COVID-19 cases.

 

The two square metre rule and capacity limits will be removed from all venues throughout the State, with proof of vaccination requirements only required in hospitals and residential aged care facilities.

 

Mandatory workplace vaccination requirements will remain in place.

 

The G2G Pass requirement for arrivals into WA will be removed altogether.

 

Vaccination requirements for interstate travellers will be removed from April 29.

 

The double dose vaccination requirement for international arrivals will continue as per Federal Government requirements.

 

WA's requirement for unvaccinated Australian international arrivals to quarantine for seven days will continue, with a review in four weeks.

 

Travel to remote Aboriginal communities remains restricted.

 

The remaining public health measures for schools and early childcare will be removed in line with the new baseline measures. Some preventative measures will be retained in schools including enhanced ventilation, mandatory vaccination and cleaning.

 

To help identify cases within schools and childcare, the State Government will provide 12 million free RATs for all schools and childcare facilities to distribute to parents and carers. Parents and students will be encouraged to collect tests, to ensure they are ready if symptoms develop.

 

Hospital visitation arrangements continue to be in place to protect our most vulnerable citizens. Masks and proof of vaccination requirements remain, and non-essential visitors will be limited to two people per patient per day during visitor hours. Essential visits for compassionate reasons, birth partners and carers, parents or guardians will also continue.

 

COVID Safety Plans, COVID Event Checklist and COVID Event Plan will no longer be mandatory, but are encouraged. For more information, visit https://www.wa.gov.au

 

Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan:

 

"Since the beginning of the pandemic, Western Australians have banded together, done the right thing and made sacrifices for each other.

 

"Because of those efforts, WA has secured its soft landing.

 

"We have avoided mass loss of life, avoided long debilitating lockdowns and avoided economic devastation.

 

"With our world-leading vaccination rates and a stable level of community spread of the virus, the latest health advice is that we can safely ease our public health measures.

 

"This means Western Australians can resume life as normal in a COVID-19 world much sooner than anywhere else in the country from the onset of community transmission.

 

"The removal of these measures does not mean the pandemic is over, but it does mean Western Australians can decide what measures they may like to take to keep themselves safe from the virus.

 

"If you haven't already, please make sure you get your third vaccination dose - it's your best defence.

 

"To all Western Australians who have done the right thing and I know will continue to do the right thing - thank you for your efforts."

 

Comments attributed to Health Minister Amber-Jade Sanderson:

 

"I'd like to thank each and every Western Australian for doing their bit since the start of the pandemic, to keep others safe.

 

"Your co-operation and willingness to do what was needed ensured our soft landing and protected those most vulnerable in our community.

 

"Our lower than predicted hospitalisations and ICU admissions for the Omicron wave are an extraordinary achievement that we can all be proud of.

 

"They are thanks to our very high vaccination rates, well-timed and targeted public health and social measures, and the dedication of our healthcare workers.

 

"The health advice is now that we can safely ease our Level 1 measures on April 29, but I would encourage all Western Australians to continue to get vaccinated, including a third dose when due."

The District Conference on 12 March 2022 was attended by over 200 people from over 40 clubs across WA and the East coast.
Conference feedback demonstrates the impact of the conference on attendees and their journey towards reconciliation.
 
"I just wanted to say thank you for organising today’s conference. I learned so much today about Aboriginals’ plight, struggle and resilience.

All guest panels were excellent, of course Tim and Danny’s story ‘ the journey of well-being’, really explained the root cause and sufferings of the stolen generations. I know now why you are so passionate about supporting Aboriginals culture and reconciliation.

I feel so inspired that I feel like I should do something about it (but I don’t know how or what i can do?). I believe there is hope if we all stand together to make a difference."
 
Breakout session feedback and recorded sessions will be available over the next few weeks. In the meantime if you are keen to learn more, here are some suggestions:
 
  • Danny Ford Publication "Walking Together" which includes the journey of wellbeing and the Uluru Statement from the Heart   
  • ARG Manual
2. Enquire about Australia Day Council Events and short courses Auspire.org.au
3. Participate in Reconciliation WA  Reconciliation Week  - Be Brave Make change 
4. Read the book Dark Emu by Bruce Pascoe 
6. Visit F.I.S.H in Mt Lawley and checkout the fabulous Bookshop and art gallery
 
AT YOUR CLUB LEVEL 
1. Speak to your club about what you got out of the Conference.
2. Propose to your Board sponsorship of an Australian Rotary Health Indigenous Health Scholar ($250 +)
3. Check your local council and/or Link school to see if they have a Reconciliation Action Plan(RAP) and make contact with the author and or Elder involved in the RAP.
4. Include a Reconciliation Week event May 27-June 3 in your club program
 
Remember to consult with the Rotary WA Aboriginal Reference Group or an elder respectfully, before proposing or embarking on any Rotary project.

A letter from John Germ, Trustee Chair, 2021-22, The Rotary Foundation

To all Rotarians,
As one of the world’s largest humanitarian organizations, Rotary has made peace the cornerstone of our global mission. We are deeply concerned about the Ukraine crisis and need your help.

Rotary is made up of people of action, especially in difficult times. In response to the deepening refugee crisis, The Rotary Foundation Trustees have decided to prioritize contributions made to the Disaster Response Fund until 30 April 2022 to support disaster response grants for districts affected by these events. These expedited disaster response grants can be used to supply water, food, medicine, shelter, and clothing.

 

Half a million people have fled Ukraine and are in dire need of emergency aid. The United Nations estimates that number of refugees could grow to as many as 5 million people displaced. Rotary clubs in Europe and around the world have stepped up their relief work, some working on the ground to help displaced families.

With your donation to our Disaster Response Fund, we can support communities and help rebuild lives during this tragic time.

 

DONATE

Distirct 9455 congratulates Karrinyup Rotary's esteemed member and Past President Peter Polain, who has been named in the Australia Day honours with an Order of Australia Medal (OAM) for service to the Community in a variety of roles. Peter led the Community Service Committee through numerous major projects including the Karrinyup Community Men's Shed. He took on a pivotal role in founding the Stirling Farmers Market, acted as manager for nine years and is still involved in the Management Committee. 
Effective Monday, January 31, double dose proof of vaccination for those aged 16 and older will be required state-wide for:
- Visitors to public and private hospitals, and aged care facilities;
- All hospitality venues including restaurants, cafes, bars, pubs, clubs, taverns, night clubs and dine-in fast food (roadhouses, service stations and takeaway is exempt);
- Indoor entertainment venues, including play centres, gaming and gambling, theatres, concert halls, museums, cinemas and live music venues;
- Bottle shops;
- The entire Crown Perth complex;
- Major stadiums;
- Gyms, fitness centres and health studios;
- Amusement parks and the zoo; and
- Music festivals and large events with more than 500 people, unless exempt.
Community sport and school-based events, unless at one of the specific venues listed, are exempt from the proof of vaccination requirement.
For more information visit WA Government website here.
 

In its 30th year, the Perth Pride Parade has been an annual family friendly event celebrating the LGBTQIA+ community. In 2018, WA Rotaractors marched in the parade and for the first time, in 2021 Rotary members from Western Australia marched in the Perth Pride Parade. With members from both District 9455 and District 9465, lots of Rotary merch, glow sticks, bubbles and some great banners, our members did an amazing job representing the organisation that has brought us all together to make an impact in the community.

The stands at Gloucester Park were filled and we were able to share with the crowd some information about Rotary, and that our organisation is inclusive of all members from the community. 

The sky lit up with a fireworks finale as we all headed home, thinking about outfits and dances that our Rotary and Rotaract group could do next year to again show our support for the LGBTQIA+ community. 

To know that Rotary in WA’s attendance in the parade will have a ripple effect, in our clubs, in our communities and in ourselves, is a really wonderful feeling. Rotary and Rotaract are welcoming of all community members who want to make a difference in the world. We would love for you to join us in the parade next year!

Karrinyup Rotary has been privileged to support Riding for the Disabled Carine for eighteen years. Led by builder Ross, together with engineer Stuart, the club was integral in providing the leadership, advice, consultancy and technical expertise to convert RDA's need for an all weather facility into a proposal that could be submitted for both approval and funding for the facility, which opened in 2019. At the recent renaming ceremony to Danjoo Koorliny, one family told how the arena has provided an incredibly important place within the community and especially for their family. The club subsequently received an email and photos from Fiona and Andrew, which tell a beautiful Rotary story, well worth sharing. This is why we do what we do!
 
Stirling Farmers Market Celebrates Ten Years
 
Recently the Rotary Club of Karrinyup celebrated ten fabulous years of the Stirling Farmers Market. As well as being a reliable source of income for all our many charity projects, this event has established our club as a visual presence in the local community in the City of Stirling. Market patrons continue to praise the wonderful friendly atmosphere, which prevails each Sunday morning at the market and club members on duty each week are responsible for perpetuating this.
The birthday celebration had a wonderful festive atmosphere with bunting on the stalls and lots of free entertainment for all, including pony rides for the children, face painting, eco fairies and of course cake for everyone!
Thanks go also to our wonderful stall holders but most especially to Market Manager Heather Leaney and her market team, who do so much behind the scenes, for organising a wonderful day.
We also recognise the years of hard work by inaugural Market Manager Peter Polain and his foresight in seeking to establish the market all those years ago.
Check out all the photos of this happy occasion on the link to Our Tenth Birthday album on the Stirling Farmers Market Facebook page. Happy Birthday to us! – ENDS
Photos attached:
  • Birthday Cake donated by stallholder Tammy’s Bakery
  • Ladies of the duty admin team – Friend of the Market Phoebe with RC Karrinyup members Sandra, Jenni and Trish
  • City of Stirling Councillor Karlo Perkov with Peter Polain
For further information contact Carolyn Prunster Secretary Rotary Club of Karrinyup karrinyuprotary@gmail.com Tel: 0417 979 411
 
“My Home” has hit a key milestone with funding announcements of $2.2m from Lotterywest, $500,000 from Minderoo and additional support from the Sisters of St John of God to construct the first 18 homes in North Fremantle.
 
A contingent of Rotarians gathered alongside “My Home” founder Michelle Blakeley to hear Minister Simone McGurk and St Pat’s CEO Michael Piu pay tribute to the innovation and community support this project has generated, to provide secure housing for ageing women at risk of homelessness.
 
Meanwhile Rotary is living up to its pledge to ‘turn a house into a home’ by co-ordinating fundraising and in-kind donations to furnish all 18 homes. If your members would like to learn more about “My Home” please contact alex.truelove@rotaryeq.org. To donate to home furnishings simply go to https://myhomehousing.org.au/rotary/ For in-kind donations please refer to our inventory https://myhomehousing.org.au/rotary/contribute-with-rotary/   before contacting Kay at durrant@wn.com.au
 
You can also show your support through social media. Follow us on facebook here
 
 
To commemorate NAIDOC Week on behalf of the District Shaun Williams from Rotary of Elizabeth Quay club and DG Dee Buckland attended the City of Subiaco's flag raising ceremony and were inspired by City of Subiaco Mayor Penny Taylor’s speech. 
NAIDOC week's theme Heal Country, Heal Nation was very appropriate.
The Welcome to country was given by Whadjuk/Ballardong Elder Freda Ogilvie and her grandsons. See here for information on Noongar Welcome to Country Protocols.
 
We acknowledge the aboriginal peoples of Western Australia as the traditional custodians of this country and its waters. We pay our respects to elders past, present and emerging.
 
Due to very popular demand, we are delighted to announce that the Speaker/Session videos and photos from the Conference are finally here. If you want to download/view these for yourself or your club meetings you can click on the links below:
More photos will be added in the coming few days as our partners send in their images, so please check back soon.
Lastly, to ensure you don't lose those details of someone you met at the Conference....if you want to connect please send an email through to the Conference Committee at info@rotarywa.org
Thank you again for your support of the Conference.
Nb. The Michelle Cowan Video will only be available until the 7th April to comply with her speakers contract. Also due to contractual terms there is no video available of Dinner Speaker - Mick Collis.
Cambridge Rotary
 
Through our website, we received an enquiry from Mount Hawthorn Primary School to install a Peace Pole at the school on World Peace day on 21 September. The idea came from the Rotary Club of Canberra Burley Griffin.
 
Cambridge Club has agreed to provide the Peace Pole to Mt Hawthorn Primary School. In addition, we have now contacted all the schools in the Cambridge area and so far (over the weekend) we have four additional schools wishing to have one. This looks like it could be a really good way to promote Rotary and the cost to each club is relatively modest. A collaboration with a nearby Men’s /Community Shed could also be worthwhile so that the poles can be made here in WA. A visit would be required to the schools on 21 September with a short speech to be made. If Cambridge undertakes all the schools in Cambridge this could involve all the members speaking at a school on that day.
The Rotary Club of Karrinyup is proud and excited to announce the launch of the Vocational Service Diversity Scholarship Program. This project enables young scholars the opportunity to engage with and learn from members across the Rotary family in an environment of leadership and community, where everyone can contribute and benefit.  RC Karrinyup is dedicated to ensuring that our potential leaders of tomorrow have access and opportunity for development, regardless of their financial means. For this reason the club has created and now offers the Diversity Scholarship Program.
 
 

Rotary District 9455 strives to create and maintain a safe environment for all youth who participate in Rotary activities. To the best of their ability Rotarians, spouses and partners and other volunteers must safeguard the children and young people they come into contact with and protect them from physical, sexual and emotional abuse.

Version updated 8 September 2021

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