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Mar 17, 2023 – Mar 19, 2023
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Feb 07, 2023
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Feb 14, 2023
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January 16
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January 19, 2021
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January 22, 1985
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January 22, 2002
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Club Meeting News - 24 January 2023
President Rob Coote welcomed our guest Speaker Professor Michael Dureau and his wife Grace, Elizabeth Moorhouse, Jo Cocks, and Barbara Anderson.
Helen Gulson toasted the Rotary Club of Andorra which was chartered in 2013 and meets fortnightly at the Art Hotel. One of the club’s main activities is to promote the HI ARRIBAREM association whose raison d’etre is to facilitate access to the mountains and to outdoor activities for people with a disability who would never otherwise be able to enjoy theses spaces or live these experiences in their daily lives. The club supports several trips each year, both in the winter for skiing and during the summer with overnight stays in a mountain refuge. Each year the club organizes a solidarity lunch, the funds from which go directly to Hi Arribarem. The club also supports the Andorran Red Cross and a food bank, both of which have been very active during the Covid pandemic.
Sally O’Neill advised that $1,890 was raised from the BBQ last Saturday. The next Bunnings BBQ will be on 1 April 2023.
Peter Russell updated the meeting on the upcoming “Quiz Night with a Difference” to be held Thursday 16 March 2023 at 7.00pm for 7.30pm. Kevin Tattrie has hard copies of advertising flyers to distribute around Northbridge and surrounds if some of the members could take them tonight and distribute. He also advised that he require 16 shoe boxes needed for the night’s events (1 per table) so if anyone has any spare shoe boxes can you please bring them to the next meeting. He also needs to have 4 runners during the event so volunteers are needed.
A Raffle will be held on the night.
Guest Speaker - Professor Michael Dureau -
"Is Hydrogen the answer to Australia's future as a Renewable Superpower?"
Barry Anderson introduced Professor Michael Dureau AM, FTSE, HonRIEA Aust, IChemE, FAIE, FAICD, CPEng, CSci. Michael has a proven record in the power and water industries and is a leader in new energy technology development, advanced engineering and studies of key environmental issues facing Australia. He is Deputy Chairman of the Warren Centre. Michael is also a Justice of the Peace and can be found on duty from time to time at Northbridge Library.
Michael spoke of hydrogen as a future fuel and started by telling us that Australia’s net omission is low at 1% in terms of global omission (33% is China) and that we as a country absorb several times more carbon than the amount we emit. He said we were the lucky country in the field of renewable energy with huge amounts of sun, wind, coal, gas, large amounts of uranium, as well as the Snowy scheme and Tassie hydro.
Australia's National Hydrogen Strategy - ( - has a vision for the future, one of which is for the Government to export large amounts of hydrogen and grow to reduce carbon emissions.
Australia aims to become a “major player” in global hydrogen production and trade by 2030 and has produced a thorough policy roadmap in support of this goal. The government is helping to fund a variety of demonstration projects and “hydrogen hubs” that it hopes will provide its potential in emerging technology.  
Michael advised clean hydrogen is set to become a reality in the future. Our present usage is black coal 46%, brown coal 17%, gas 4%, hydrogen 8%, solar 9% and wind 15%. He said we cannot change quickly as we need reliable energy. In the long-term Australia will rely on green hydrogen but it is expensive to produce at present. One kilo of hydrogen in a hydrogen car will enable that car to travel 100km with no greenhouse gas emission.
Hydrogen is a simple but tricky element as it can be explosive if combined with oxygen and a spark, so fuel tanks need to be super strong. Hydrogen requires a lot of water to produce.
In conclusion, Michael said that Australia can become a renewable energy superpower, but that the road is long and full of potholes!
Barry Anderson thanked Michael for his interesting and very informative talk.
Ros Virtue

Guest Speaker Next Week:
PP Peter Grinter on the topic of Wills, Probates & Powers of Attorney
A little bit of humour ...
A businessman was interviewing job applicants for the position of manager of a large division. He quickly devised a test for choosing the most suitable candidate. He simply asked each applicant this question – “What is two plus two?”
The first applicant was a journalist. His answer was “Twenty-two”.
The second was a social worker who answered “I don’t know the answer but I’m very glad that we had the opportunity to discuss it.”
The third applicant was an engineer. He pulled out a slide rule and came up with an answer “somewhere between 3.999 and 4.001.”
Next came an attorney who stated that “in the case of Jenkins vs the Department of the Treasury, two plus two was proven to be four”.
Finally, the businessman interviewed an accountant. When he asked him what two plus two was, the accountant got up from his chair, went over to the door, closed it, came back, and sat down. Leaning across the desk, he said in a low voice, “How much do you want it to be?”  He got the job!
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