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People will do amazing things when given an opportunity.
This simple philosophy inspires Applecross Rotary's members: both locally and further afield. 
We are from all walks of life - we are marketeers, scientists, educators, farmers, engineers, lawyers  and retailers: the list goes on - and we range in age from early 20s through to 80. The commonality we share is an interest to use our time, skills and energy to improve the lives of others. And we have fun while we do it.
Our projects are equally varied. From our much-loved Rotary Jacaranda Festival, the Pride of Workmanship Awards, a local Art Show and Sale, numerous youth initiatives as well as supporting indigenous, mental health and women's refuge projects and delivering major health and water based projects around the world that will save thousands of lives.... we're an ambitious club with the power to get things done. 
Applecross Rotary meet weekly; and we have a flexible approach to membership. Just be involved; be there only when required for your project outcomes.
We meet Tuesday for a 7.30am start, at the Dome Café, Deep Water Point, Mt Pleasant (or via ZOOM if that works for you). 
Just turn up (and/or send an email to
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Upcoming speakers at our Tuesday breakfast meetings (7am for 7.30am start, finishing at 8.30am)

Chris Whelan
Jun 25, 2024 7:30 AM
Using matching funds from District and Rotary Foundation
John Park
Jul 02, 2024 7:30 AM
The current state of shipping trade in Australia & world wide & the impact on our goods and services
Dr John Edwards
Jul 09, 2024 7:30 AM
Bird Flu
Club News
Jun 17, 2024
ShelterBox - what’s in a name?
What do you think of when you hear the word ShelterBox?
And do you think ShelterBox when you see this logo:
For those members who have been a Rotary member a while, ShelterBox was a Millennium project.  The original ShelterBox contained what a family might need to survive after a national disaster, be it a natural disaster such as an earthquake, flood, volcanic eruption, or man-made disasters such as we are currently witnessing in Gaza and Ukraine.  It contained a tent, cooking equipment, fire lighters, blankets, and water purification tablets.
Typically these ShelterBoxes were filled and stored in countries like Australia and the UK, awaiting a disaster somewhere else, when they would be dispatched to where they could help.  There have been over 300 disasters where recovery has been assisted by ShelterBox, since it was established 24 years ago.
There are no ‘typical' ShelterBoxes any more, and none are stored in Australia or the UK awaiting dispatch overseas.  The COVID pandemic played a part in this, severely interrupting shipments from Australia to where they needed to go, and also raising the shipping costs astronomically.  As well, some countries also questioned some of the standard contents, like a tent.  It seems that sometimes when displaced families started living in a tent they were reluctant to leave it for more permanent housing.  And the financial benefits for supplying the contents of the ShelterBox stayed with the manufacturers, whereas they could form part of the recovery process if the goods were supplied in the country being assisted after the disaster.
So ShelterKits were added to the menu and were more ‘made to order’ tailored to the circumstances, and could include solar lights (, and mosquito nets for example, with vouchers to buy other needed goods in country.  
These galvanised straps produced in the Phillipines, can be included in the ShelterKit and used to stabilise damaged buildings so they can be reoccupied.
So the name has stayed the same, as has the logo, but what it means and how it works have changed.  But the brand reputation is strong and very high, so that even when a country might state they will not accept help from other countries after a natural disaster, like Morocco and Türkiye (Turkey) have done, they allow ShelterBox in to help because of the way it has evolved to meet their needs.
Mike summarised the ShelterBox philosophy thus: By meeting the immediate shelter needs of families in the days, weeks and months following a disaster, keeping households together, reducing displacement and providing the skills and knowledge to build adequate shelter, we anticipate that our actions will contribute to recovery at the household, community and national level.

May 06, 2024
Thanks for the memories, Barry
Dr Barry Mendelawitz has given Applecross an amazing array of guest speakers during his tenure coordinating our weekly program, and Curtis Lind’s presentation on Aquaculture was a fitting finale.
Curtis Lind has been involved in the aquaculture industry for close to 20 years and has worked throughout Africa, South Asia and the Asia-Pacific. He is currently based in Perth working for the CSIRO, specialising in the use of breeding and genetics to improve the productivity, profitability and sustainability of aquaculture in Australia.
Aquaculture is the process of breeding, rearing and harvesting of aquatic flora and fauna with commercial value in saltwater or freshwater, in controlled aquatic environments.  It is the fastest food production sector globally.  It has grown six-fold in the past 20 years!  It currently produces twice as much food as the beef industry, according to Curts.  More than half of all seafood consumed is aquaculture - the term aquaculture broadly refers to the cultivation of aquatic organisms 
The Australian aquaculture industry occurs in marine, estuarine and freshwater locations. The industry is predominantly based in regional Australia and makes a significant and positive contribution to regional economies.

And if some smarty-pants asks you how is it different from pisciculture, you can tell them that pisciculture is the culturing of fish (fish farming) to obtain fish and fish products as food - so no seaweed or shell fish like oysters, clams, prawns, scallops or mussels.

Curtis told us that the world population is expected to grown by an extra 2 billion people by 2050, and aquaculture will play a key role in providing the food needed to feed them.  It is environmentally and financially responsible:
  • Low water consumption
  • Low environmental impact (including low CO2 emissions)
  • Efficient land use
  • Outputs are greater than inputs.
Tasmanian Atlantic Salmon is currently the largest aquaculture industry in Australia (70,000t/yr) and two main players dominate in our supermarkets - Tassal and Huon.  Around 5,000t/yr of black tiger and banana prawns are produced, mainly in Queensland.  Barramundi is farmed in all mainland states and is targeted to reach 20,000t by next year.  However a lot of Barra is also imported, but while less expensive, is not well regarded by fussy pescatarians.
What’s the future look like?  Northern Australia is set for rapid developments in aquaculture 
  • Extensive prawn farming with indigenous partnerships
    • Low input, low intensity
  • Tropical oyster farming
  • White-flesh fish farming - Barra, pompano, groupers
If you want a horse to back, it’s called Tropical Prawn Aquaculture!
Curtis is also enthusiastic about White-flesh fish increasing its presence alongside salmon in the supermarket chillers.
It’s not wild-caught but it’s not entirely happy either!
Thank's again Barry.

Apr 15, 2024
Wow, this last week was one of the best ones I had so far, absolutely fabulous. Rotarian Graeme Fardon, Swedish Exchange student Elis and myself Valentin, we went on the Bibbulmun track and walked a 30km part of it near Albany. I went with Rotarian Kenn Williams, his wife Peta and Rotarian Murray McKay to the Walk for mental Illness on the Rotary Action Day which ended with a fantastic International Dinner with a couple of other Exchange students.

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