Events & Projects
The Tonga Water Supply Project
In October 2014, 26 members of a project team headed to the Hango Agricultural College, on the Island of Eua in Tonga to undertake a challenging project planned and organised by Andrew Pinxt in conjunction with the Rotary Club of Cranbourne and the local Rotary Club in the Tongan capital, Nuku alofa.
The 26 person project team consisted of 10 Rotarians from both Cranbourne and Ballarat South Clubs and 16 volunteers, some with required specialist expertise.
In a time period of just 10 days they were going to lay 2.5km of 110mm plastic pipe as a trunk supply main, construct a prefabricated 100,000 litre steel tank and build two small houses for College staff. All the materials had been transported there in two shipping containers in the months leading up to the actual trip.
The pipe was sent in the first container. It was in 11.5m lengths that would need to be fusion welded to create the pipeline prior to being laid in a trench. The joining collars, fittings, building materials, the tank, and the team’s food and accommodation – tents and stretchers – went in the second container.
The team were assisted by the staff and students at the college so labour was not a problem. An essential part of the project was to involve the ‘locals’ so they could learn how to operate the fusion welder and could undertake maintenance on the system, should it be needed.
The 100,000 litre tank was a vital part of the system. It was to provide a substantial water reservoir above the college that could then provide a reliable supply to the users. It replaced a small brick and concrete tank that often was empty.
Construction of a Community Workshop
Members of the Rotary Club of Cranbourne were putting elbow grease into their major project for 2006 – the construction and equipping of a Community Workshop. Several Rotarians got stuck into removing builder’s rubble and painting at a series of weekend working bees, in order to complete the work prior to the official opening on the 9th November.
President Malcolm Wells said the workshop had provided a much needed facility for the Cranbourne community. “Other communities have demonstrated the value of having some sort of ‘shed’ where people meet with others and enjoy dabbling in their favourite practical hobby. We are delighted the Cranbourne Community Centre and the City of Casey have made the site available and will manage the facility when it is completed.”
The Workshop is located next to the Cranbourne Community Centre in Vale Park Drive and access is managed by the staff of the Community Centre.
The project was funded jointly by Council ($45,000); the Community House ($5000); and the Department of Human Services ($15,000). Rotary contributed around half of the total project cost of $135,000. Malcolm Wells said the Club was very pleased with the generous input of expertise and goods made by local businesses that were acknowledged on an honour board that was placed in the building. The Community Centre can be contacted on 5996 2941.
Charity House Auction for the Alfred Hospital
In 2002–3 the Rotary Club of Cranbourne took on a major challenge. This was to construct a dwelling, sell it, and then donate the proceeds of the sale to the Neurosurgery Department of the Alfred Hospital. A total of $160,000 was realised from the resulting sale, and this was able to fund the purchase of a micro-dialysis machine that enabled the accurate monitoring of the brain so that appropriate treatment would reduce long term injury to the brain.
The motivation for this project came from one of our members whose child had been treated at the Children’s Hospital some years earlier by the Doctor in charge of the Neurosurgery Department.
The success of the project was largely due to the willing and generous support of many businesses, tradesmen, and of course the efforts of our members who did much of the work to get the house ready for auction.
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