Street sculpture in Watton Street, Werribee (Photo courtesy of David Mullins)
President Graham Roper


5th February

6:30 for 6:45pm


Italian Social Club

601 Heaths Rd





Peter Ross



Michael Redding

Adrian Burt



James Randall

If you are not able to attend the next meeting or are bringing a guest, please contact the following person by midday Tuesday
Ross Smith
0418 692329
Feb 12, 2019
Werribee River Association
Feb 19, 2019
Feb 26, 2019
Team Rubicon
Mar 05, 2019
Kianh Foundation Day Centre for Children With Disabilities in Vietnam
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Member Birthdays
Tony Todaro
February 2
Tom Lentini
February 10
Marty Vaina
February 17
Anthony Pante
February 24
Spouse Birthdays
Kara Vaina
February 9
Join Date
Wendy Roper
February 4, 2003
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Ian Hovey

John Forrester's role as the Werribee Riverkeeper is to champion the river. This means speaking up for the river using action, advocacy and education to raise people’s awareness about the needs of the river.

He has been involved in education for many years, and has transferred many of the skills learnt in that field to his lifelong interest in natural resources and the environment. He is a great believer in the health-giving services of the natural environment. 



Ian Guss and Craig Eyes are directors of Recovered Energy Australia. They are in the final planning stage which, if approved, will see the establishment of a waste gasification plant in Laverton North. The plant will convert residual household waste into electricity. Even though this form of waste treatment is not yet available in Australia, it has been in operation in other countries such as China and Sweden for more than 20 years. 

Some of the key points to come out of Ian's presentation include:

  • Approximately 21.7 million tonnes of waste go to landfill in Australia each year. 4.25 million tonnes are dumped in Victoria. This is expected to rise to 6.4 million tonnes by 2035.
  • In the past 20 years, waste generation has grown 4.5 times faster than our population growth in the same time.
  • During the planning stage, the project has gone through a stringent set of criteria to ensure that they can obtain approval. Some of the boxes that are already ticked include technology, finance, site location, policy, legislation, community, markets, reputation and employment.
  • The objective is to initially process 200,000 tonnes of waste per annum. The capacity is designed for 3-4 Local Government councils which equates to about a 97% diversion from landfill.
  • The proposed construction completion ties in with the expiry of the existing council contract in 2021.
  • The plant will generate 16 megawatts of electrical energy which will provide power for 35,000 homes for 12 months.
  • Some of the advantages of the technology include:
    • Extremely low emissions.
    • No nuisance odours.
    • No pests.
    • Maximises energy recovered from residual waste.
    • It contributes to the Victorian greenhouse gas reductions target.
  • The plant will be built in the industrial area of Laverton North. The nearest residential area will be 1.7 kilometres away.
  • The plant will cost $100 million. Most of this will be funded by companies that have invested in wind farms in Victoria.

Ian says that, while it is taking a long time to get the project off the ground which is mainly due to the strict bureaucratic process they have to go through, they already have plans to build similar plants in the north and east of Melbourne. This would eliminate the need for waste trucks from the other side of Melbourne to travel across the Westgate Bridge to dispose their rubbish at the Wyndham tip.

Click on the image below to view a video of how the gasification plant works.



WERN (Western Emergency Relief Network), which is located in Footscray, is being forced out of their current premises. The organisers are now desperately searching for a suitable building with around 500 square metres to act as their warehouse, preferably in a central location such as Sunshine West or Derrimut.  If anyone knows of any available property, please let Joe Cumbo know. 

They are also planning a working bee at the Cross Street site on 23rd February from 9:30 am till 1 pm to commence packing because they have to vacate the premises by early March.

Last year, the community within Wyndham was the largest benefactor from WERN .  So, helping WERN is helping our community.

Click here to view some statistics on how WERN is helping families in the west.



Plans are well underway for the 2019 Werribee Rotary Golf Day to be held on Friday 1st March. The playing list is growing day by day so it promises to be another great fund-raising event for the club.

However, Ross Conley has made a call out for extra volunteers to assist on the day. He's specifically looking for people to run the hole-in-one comp and the putting comp. So, if you can't play golf, we would still love to have your involvement.

Just a reminder that the majority of the proceeds will go towards the upgrade of the dementia unit at Manor Court Aged Care.

There will also be the traditional raffle with some fabulous prizes. Ticket books are now being distributed and we are asking members to sell their allocated books.

Click here to download the registration form.



David Carruthers from the Rotary Club of Melbourne attended our meeting to promote the upcoming 8th annual International Women's Day breakfast. The event is being held at the Palladium at Crown on Thursday 7th March. 

The moderator will be Catherine Fox and the expert panel will consist of Fiona Patten, Rob Hulls, Kristen Hilton, Josh Bernstein and Dr Emma Burrows.

Single tickets can be purchased for $70 (early bird rate) and a table of 10 will cost $685.

David said that our club could even sponsor a number of senior school students to attend if we wanted to. The cost for each student is $55.

Click here to register or to find out more details.


IN BRIEF........
  • President-elect Brian Ahmed reported that our Rotary Bingo venture is going along well. At last Monday night's session, they had 80 people and we made a net profit of $680. Brian says everything is tracking along nicely.

  • Brian also advised that our club's pseudo Conference Dinner will now be held in Werribee on Friday 15th February. If you wish to be part of this, please contact Brian.

  • The next Bunnings BBQ will be held on Thursday 21st February. Geoff Smith says he has sufficient volunteers but, if you would also like to participate, please call him.

  • Great news that Rob and Lyn Fava are proud and beaming grandparents for the first time. Austin Eli Fava was born a couple of days ago to Alex and Jeremy Fava. He weighed in at 8.3 lbs. Even though this is their first grandchild, Rob and Lyn say that he is their Fava-rite grandson.



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