Rotary 100 Years in Australia and New Zealand
 
It’s a special time. Rotary in Australia and NZ celebrates the First 100 years of Service in 2021. In 1921, four Rotary clubs were created, the Rotary clubs of Melbourne, Auckland, Wellington and Sydney. From there, Rotary and Rotaract clubs were created everywhere across Australia and NZ. In the past 100 years, Rotary in Australia and New Zealand has grown to more than 1,400 clubs throughout Australia, New Zealand and Oceania, and over 36,000 clubs worldwide.
 
In 2021 clubs throughout Australia and New Zealand will unite to celebrate 100 years of Doing Good in the World, and launch Rotary into the next 100 years of service. Projects of lasting benefit to the community will be completed as part of those celebrations
Rotary Club of Glenferrie Rotary 100 Project
 
The Rotary Club of Glenferrie will lead a consortium of  Rotary clubs in the City of Boroondara comprising the Rotary clubs of  Camberwell, Canterbury, Glenferrie and Hawthorn to build a special interactive playground feature at Yarra Bank Reserve, Hawthorn as part of commemorations of Rotary's 100 years Down Under.  The playground will be close to the site of the of the original ferry which crossed the Yarra at this point, connecting Richmond with the Parish of Boroondara.  The site has considerable significance for the local indigenous people. The consortium is partnering with The City of Boroondara in the construction of a new all-abilities playground at the site. Rotary will contribute a unique interactive play sculpture that will capture the spirit of place and celebrate 100 years of service in partnership with the local community. Planning is currently underway with the objective of commencing construction early in 2021, well in time for the Rotary 100 Down Under celebrations.
 
The reserve is beautifully located on the banks of the Yarra River and is an ideal family picnic and play site. Through the City of Boroondara, residents are being surveyed on their preferences for the park, the sorts of features it includes and their expectations of the new landscaping. The Rotary interactive sculpture will be spectacular and unique to this park, making it a destination site. Community engagement at the reserve will be actively promoted through Rotary organised events, engaging with schools, parent groups and other community organisations through links with the Council.
 
 
 
The historic significance of the park offers another dimension, engaging with local historical societies in promoting the city’s history. The project will leave a lasting legacy in the local community, fittingly commemorating 100 years of Rotary service.
 
 
 
 
The Rotary contribution is being supported with a District Local Grant from The Rotary Foundation, a Four Star Charity as rated by Charity Navigator. The Rotary Foundation funds community projects throughout the world, now totalling more than US$4 billion in grants. The major global grant is the Rotary inspired program to wipe Polio from the face of the Earth.
 
Rotary 100 Program News - Boroondara
The Yarra Bank Reserve, site for the interactive play sculpture being presented to the community on August 8th as a gift from Rotary, is a beautiful park with an ancient history. The traditional land of the Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung people, who hunted and fished along the Yarra banks, the reserve contains an ancient scar tree. A scar tree or scarred tree, also known as a canoe tree and shield tree, is a tree which has had bark removed by Aboriginal Australians for the creation of bark canoes, shelters, weapons such as shields, tools, traps, containers or other artefacts. 
Visitors to the park on August 8th for the Opening Ceremony and Family Fun day will be able to view the scar tree, and reflect on and pay respect to the families who lived, worked and played along these banks in a distant past.
The theme for the new playground project was stated quite casually, early in the planning cycle, by Benjamin Gilbert of Agency of Sculpture, creators of the Rotary interactive play sculpture. Benjamin said: "The play sculpture is meant to demonstrate that when people work together they can create something magnificent". The plaque will be unveiled by the Mayor of Boroondara at the Family Fun Day on Sunday August 8th.
There'll be music and laughter, face painting and a magician, a hoopist extraordinaire and much much more at Yarra Bank Reserve Sunday August 8th 2021, 12 noon to 3pm. So bring the family and enjoy a Sunday afternoon at play. Official opening at 1pm by the Mayor of Boroondara, Cr. Garry Thompson, and Rotary District 9800 Governor Dale Hoy.
 
 
Construction of the new  Yarra Bank Reserve Playground is well underway with the first step being the installation of the unique Rotary Interactive Play Sculpture which will be the centrepiece of the new playground. With much more work still to be done, the sculpture already dominates this beautiful park and surrounds.
 
The playground will be officially opened by the Mayor of Boroondara Garry Thompson and Rotary District 9800 Governor 2021-2022 Dale Hoy at a Family Fun Day on Sunday August 8th 2021, commencing at midday. Keep your eye out for more information and be sure to spread the news and save the date.
 
 
 
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The Yarra Bank Reserve, site for the interactive play sculpture being presented to the community on August 8th as a gift from Rotary, is a beautiful park with an ancient history. The traditional land of the Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung people, who hunted and fished along the Yarra banks, the reserve contains an ancient scar tree. A scar tree or scarred tree, also known as a canoe tree and shield tree, is a tree which has had bark removed by Aboriginal Australians for the creation of bark canoes, shelters, weapons such as shields, tools, traps, containers or other artefacts. 
Visitors to the park on August 8th for the Opening Ceremony and Family Fun day will be able to view the scar tree, and reflect on and pay respect to the families who lived, worked and played along these banks in a distant past.
The theme for the new playground project was stated quite casually, early in the planning cycle, by Benjamin Gilbert of Agency of Sculpture, creators of the Rotary interactive play sculpture. Benjamin said: "The play sculpture is meant to demonstrate that when people work together they can create something magnificent". The plaque will be unveiled by the Mayor of Boroondara at the Family Fun Day on Sunday August 8th.