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Nov 09, 2021
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Nov 13, 2021
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Nov 21, 2021
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Nov 09, 2021
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Nov 16, 2021
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Club Meeting News - 26 October 2021
President Jon welcomed members, guest speaker Gillian McFee and guest Joe Campisi as well as Christine Sullivan and Vicky Antaw.
David Perabo proposed a toast to the RC of Chennai, India. Chartered in 2008 the club has 30 members and is involved in tree planting.    
President Jon mentioned 24 October was World Polio Day. There was an article in the SMH this week about Polio which is well worth reading -
Rotary in starting the world polio eradication program all those years ago has certainly had a huge impact on the world especially children.
Jon also commended and thanked Paul Sullivan on his fantastic Bridge wine sale, the $2,500 profit from which has gone to Rotary. Paul mentioned that he still has 2 cartons of wine available if anyone would like to contact him.
As we have no meeting next week members are encouraged to visit another Rotary club in our cluster.
Upcoming fundraisers are the Bunnings BBQ, Rotary Bookstall and Christmas Raffle.
Meetings are to recommence at Northbridge Golf Club on 9 November. 
President Elect Rob Coote mentioned that the club’s AGM will be held on 14 December and asked members to think about going on the committee for the 2022/23 year. Please contact Rob if you are interested and would like to find out more.
Peter Grinter advised that next year’s Voice of Youth will be held at Ascham School on March 9, so please diarise the date if you are interested in volunteering.
Guest Speaker - Gillian McFee - Local Centres Strategy
Ranald Stewart introduced guest speaker Gillian McFee, Secretary and VP of Northbridge Progress Association. A Northbridge resident for over 25 years, Gillian been actively involved in the community through the NPA, Golf and Sailing clubs. Her passion is helping to drive great place making in Northbridge building on its natural beauty and friendly community. Her professional background is in health and human services where she has held CEO/senior executive roles in the public and private sector and in serving on related boards as a non-executive director.
Gillian provided a wonderful overview of the work the NPA has been doing over the last 4 years to respond to the Council’s proposed plans for the Northbridge town centre. She and her colleagues have taken a proactive approach, sometimes engaging Consultants (on a probono basis) and always seeking input from the Northbridge community. It has been seen as an opportunity for good urban design and outcomes for Northbridge. The following 5 outcomes were targeted:
  • Serving the community, a village in reality
  • Good design principles, we deserve better
  • Accessibility and inclusion ie some workers come from outside Northbridge
  • To reflect different interests of people who live on borders of town centre
  • Sustainability
The key themes identified are as follows:
  • Greening of Northbridge
  • Housing affordability and diversity
  • Paradox of height and density
  • Integration of transport and mobility
  • Connecting different parts, eg the Plaza car park and other parts of Northbridge
The way forward suggests the need for an E/W connection, probably at the intersection of Sailors Bay Rd and Harden Ave.  Much centres on the need to make the Plaza carpark underground with community space above ground.
Community response to an online survey confirmed:
  • Demand for a quality safe and convenient carpark with a large supermarket and assorted retailers
  • Over 72% want carpark underground
  • Over 64% want opportunity for new community facilities, eg open green spaces, outdoor dining
  • 94% were open to trade-offs to achieve required outcomes
Gillian finished her talk by highlighting the complexity of the task ahead, to resolve how the redevelopment of the Plaza carpark (partly owned by Middle Eastern owner of Plaza, represented by AMP Capital), but majority owned/held in trust by Council) can proceed.
The Council has issued an indicative timeline, but the NPA is to request deferral of the LEP process so reclassification of carpark area can proceed first.
Finally, Gillian did ask all Rotarians to spread the word on the NPA’s proposal. There are currently 270 members of the NPA out of 2000 households in Northbridge. Cost is $50 for 5 years. Gillian’s contact is .
If anyone has any jokes or funny stories, feel free to send them to me for the humour section of the Bulletin! 
Northbridge Answers R.C. Kathmandu Call for COVID Medical Assistance
52 Oxygen Concentrators Purchased by RC of Kathmandu Using Donations from Northbridge & Partner Clubs
54 Units of 10 L Oxygen Concentrators are ready for handover to the concerned health institutions.
RC Kathmandu appreciates the effort of Club members and partner clubs for making this happen.
One of those “partner clubs” is the Rotary Club of Northbridge
Flood Relief Assistance for Telegraph Point School Children
Year 2 students were very thankful for the donation of winter jackets and school readers
A ROTARY Club partnership has delivered a special gift to the students of Telegraph Point Public School.
A donation worth more than $9,000 will keep the 130 students warm this winter while also replenishing the book shelves.
The generous offer is more welcome news for the school community with every family impacted in some way by the devastating March floods.
Wauchope Rotarian Diana Reynolds reached out to the Northbridge Rotary Club in Sydney to make the donation possible. Northbridge Rotary Club raised funds from their local community.
Northbridge Rotarians Eleanor Chevor, Kevin Tattrie and Peter Russell delivered the new winter jackets and readers at a special presentation on Tuesday, June 8.
Principal Duncan Adams said the community generosity shown towards Telegraph Point School has been overwhelming and reaffirms the human spirit is alive and well.
The school's prime minister Leeara Elford and deputy prime minister Shaylee Wilcox thanked Rotary on behalf of the students.
 "It has been really refreshing for the children to be back on site," Mr Adams said.
The entire school was relocated to Hastings Secondary College's Westport campus after the floods while six new demountable buildings were installed at the school site.
"To have the consistency of school every day is very meaningful in their lives when many of them have lost everything in the floods.
"We have a lot of families who have lost everything, and many who are still displaced."
The tender process for the school's rebuild has closed with construction to commence later this year.
This article is an edited copy of a news article printed in the Port Macquarie News on 8th June 2021.
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