The Rotary Club of Mooroopna has been a strong supporter of local community projects.
Current projects include:
Flood relief 2022 Floods
The Rotary Club of Mooroopna has channelled flood relief from four Melbourne Rotary clubs. With these funds, and our own contribution, we have worked with local agencies to provide direct relief in the form of sleeping bags, pillows, quilts, doonas, sleeping mats, food hampers and vouchers (fuel, hardware, groceries and gardening). We have also provided financial assistance to help Primary school children attend camps and excursions, and for some, uniforms. A new initiative in 2022 was to collect toys to help struggling families at Christmas time, to try to ensure children do not miss out at this very important time of the year.
From the beginning of the flood event in October 2022 the Club has been able to distribute $19318 on the above, with more to follow.
For several years the club has been subsidising the fuel costs to run the Food Share vans. Extra funds were provided to Food share to support the extra work needed because of the 2022 floods.
The club has commissioned an 8 metre tall metal tree sculpture by Andrew Whitehead. It contains elements celebrating all aspects of Mooroopna. It will be installed beside the Water Tower opposite Mooroopna Pizzeria. It will become a major visitor attraction.
Exercise equipment in the park.
The club has plans to install outdoor exercise equipment near the entrance to the Recreation Reserve. The overall cost of this will be in excess of $70,000, and whilst the Club has a significant amount of money for this project already, it is hoped that a series of grant applications will provide the balance. This equipment will offer a variety of items to suit users of different ages and fitness levels. It will be free to all users. A longer term project which, hopefully, will be completed by the latter part of 2024.
Anzac Day, Remembrance Day and the New Year’s Eve Festival.
The Rotary Club of Mooroopna is the lead organising body for these three important annual events. l
For several years we have been providing sleeping bags, tents and mats to local charities for distribution to homeless folk.
Kitchen Garden at Mooroopna Park Primary School
Rotarians are working weekly with students at MPPS to plant, tend and harvest vegetables and fruit. When needed working bees are called for a larger group of workers to continue to develop the garden area.
Significant previous projects.
After the closure of the Mooroopna RSL club, the Rotary club has organised the Anzac Day and Remembrance Day ceremonies at the Cenotaph. Members noted that the Cenotaph, built in 1928, did not commemorate WW2, or any more recent conflicts and peace keeping efforts. With funding from Shepparton RSL, State and Federal Governments, and local fundraising, the project was completed in 2020. It has since become a significant point of interest for locals and visitors.
Rodney Park Retirement Village and Westside Performing Arts Centre
From the establishment of the senior citizens building to the Rodney Retirement Village the club has been the catalyst in establishing many local Facilities. It was a big supporter of the Westside Performing Arts Centre with strong representation on the fund raising committee, as well as a major contributor financially. The club established the rotunda barbecue in the Chinaman’s Garden area, along with seating on some of Mooroopna’s walking paths.