Event Types

Martin is a registered landscape architect and Associate Director at the Sydney Office of CLOUSTON Associates, where he is the Design Manager.

He has expertise in Landscape Architecture, master planning and water sensitive urban design.      

In 2009 he came across the Hippo Water Roller.  Struck by its design simplicity and its ability to solve the pressing problem of lack of access to water for thousands of people worldwide, Martin became involved as a donor.

For the last few years he and his family have been supporting the community of Marapyane with a bi annual donation of rollers.  Located 150km north of Johannesburg, This community of about 2000 people has no running water on tap.

Keen to champion the benefits of the Hippo Water Roller Project, he was appointed in 2015 as the organisations Australasian Pro Bono representative

Martin O'Dea
Feb 05, 2018
Alon Beran
Feb 12, 2018
Feb 12, 2018
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

This talk follows the epic voyages of natural history of Continent Australia, Joseph Banks, Charles Darwin and Alfred Russel Wallace.

·       The voyage of Continent Australia after it breaks away from Antarctica 50 million years ago with its raft of Gondwanaland flora and fauna and begins its journey north towards the equator.

·       The voyage of Joseph Banks on the Endeavour who with Daniel Solander became the first trained naturalists to describe the unique flora and fauna of Continent Australia that had evolved during its 30 million years of isolation.

·       The voyage of Charles Darwin on the Beagle, who after his observations in South America and the Galapagos Islands, sat on the banks of the Coxs River in New South Wales and tried to rationalize his belief in the idea of biblical creation and understand the origin of species.

·       The voyage of Alfred Russel Wallace, who realized that the Lombok Strait in Indonesia represents the biogeographical boundary between the fauna of Asia and those of Australasia.

Ian Burnet has spent thirty years, living, working and travelling in Indonesia. His three prior books show his fascination with the diverse history and cultures of the archipelago.

Ian Burnet
Feb 19, 2018
Feb 24, 2018
8:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Roger Williams will talk on Mary's House and Julie Stewart on Delvena

​Roger Williams



* In my professional life I was a commercial lawyer in a large publicly listed Australian company (CSR) until I retired in 2007.

* Since then I have completed a Master’s degree in History at Sydney University.

* I also served on the governing Council of one of the Syd Uni colleges and its Donors’ Foundation, I retired from that last year.

* In 2007 I commenced working as a volunteer at the Matthew Talbot Hostel for homeless men at Woolloomoolloo, where I still work in their outreach programme.

* In 2015 I was the co-chair of the Parish Council of Our Lady of the Way Catholic Parish, North Sydney, when we decided to explore the possibility of opening a refuge for women & children escaping domestic violence.

* We quickly realised that this project required funding and personnel resources way beyond the capacity of our Parish.

* So, what became Mary’s House, was transformed into a community-wide project, including all faiths and none and much wider community support, including Rotary,Mater Hospital and other business and community groups too numerous to recount.

* The result is that Mary’s House opened its doors on 1st November 2016. I was Chair of the Board of the not-for-profit company which operates Mary’s House until mid-2017. I remain an active Board director.

* As you know, I have previously spoken at one of your lunches. I will update your members further on Monday.



Roger Williams and Julie Stewart
Mar 05, 2018
Mar 10, 2018
8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Board Meeting
Mar 12, 2018
Mar 12, 2018
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Mar 24, 2018
8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Alon Beran
Mar 26, 2018
No Meeting-Easter Monday
Apr 02, 2018

The purpose of this talk is to give the Club an up-date on their project and potential for our Crows Nest Rotary Club to be involved. ​

Nicole Christensen , College Principal 

Sr Carmel McDonough is a member of the Congregation of the Sisters of Mercy, North Sydney and has also worked with the staff and students of Monte for the past 20 years developing Immersion Programmes to Peru, Timor Leste, the Central Desert, Wreck Bay and Chaing Mai. 

  Adrian Johnston has  been coordinating the College Timor Leste Immersion to Colegio Infante de Sagres, Maliana. The immersion program is heading into its fifth year, we have been able to form a strong relationship built on trust and honesty embedded by the core mercy values with Fr Natalino, teaching staff, students and wider Maliana community.




Nicole Christensen , Sister Carmel,Adrian Johnston
Apr 09, 2018
Apr 14, 2018
8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Alon Beran
Apr 16, 2018

Robert Giltinan is the Senior Policy & Public Affairs Advisor at the NRMAThe NRMA published a paper titled “The Future is Electric” in October 2017.  This report had 6 recommendations.  Robert will talk about these and the content of the report.

Robert Giltinan
Apr 23, 2018
Apr 28, 2018
8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Alon Beran
Apr 30, 2018
Apr 30, 2018
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Janepher Nansubuga grew up in rural Uganda and lost her parents at 16, which meant she and her siblings had to move to live with her grandmother in Kampala.  Education there was harsh – no meals all day and beatings. Janepher decided she had to change things for her family and began working to pay for private education for herself and a sister and subsequently all her siblings. She eventually worked her way through teacher training and then started work as a teacher. She has been with School for Life since its beginnings and her outstanding approach to education has seen her develop into the role of Director of Schools.   


Annabelle Chauncy is a dynamic leader and social entrepreneur who started School for Life Foundation at 21 years of age with operations in Australia and Uganda.  Through her Foundation she has built a team of over 120 staff, built 3 schools in rural Uganda providing education to 680 students and outreach to more than 2,000 people.  Annabelle has overcome huge barriers including running two high performing business in 2 continents, managing cultural and gender biases, shifting mindsets , driving change and innovation and engaging staff to achieve high performance.  Annabelle is one of the youngest recipients of the Medal of the Order of Australia and is she is testament to the fact that one person can make a difference.

Janepher Nansubuga,Annabelle Chauncy
May 07, 2018
May 12, 2018
8:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Lynne will talk about the work of Catherine & Reg Hamlin. Catherine was voted Senior Citizen of NSW for 2017.

The title of my talk is The Catherine Hamlin Fistula Foundation

I was born and raised in the UK. When I had graduated and gained experience as a Geography teacher I worked in Nigeria on a British development aid contract.

I migrated from the UK in 1988 with my husband and three young children.


I recently retired as a Geography teacher at MLC Burwood.


I have always taken an interest in African affairs and am passionate about development issues. I have been very privileged to volunteer at the Catherine Hamlin Fistula Foundation as I believe Catherine to be one of the most inspiring people that I have heard about.


Lynne Acworth
May 14, 2018
Alon Beran
May 21, 2018
May 26, 2018
8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
May 28, 2018
Jun 02, 2018
8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Jun 11, 2018
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

In March 2017, NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced the concept alignment for the Western Harbour Tunnel and Beaches Link project.  If built, this major transport infrastructure project would deliver a new motorway that would increase cross-harbour transport capacity, provide a traffic bypass of the Sydney CBD and take pressure off the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Sydney Harbour Tunnel.

The Beaches Link component would address Sydney’s slowest public transport route, bypass the traffic lights of Mosman and also draw traffic away from the Roseville Bridge.  Western Harbour Tunnel would run from WestConnex at the Rozelle interchange, cross under Sydney Harbour and link into the Warringah Freeway.  Beaches Link would run from the Warringah Freeway, pass beneath Middle Harbour near The Spit and emerge with interchanges at Seaforth and Balgowlah.

Since March, the project team has directly engaged with over 4,500 people and extracted several kilometres of geotechnical core samples as they work towards development of a Reference Design – which the NSW Government has undertaken to release by mid 2018.

Steve Brien has over 25 years’ experience working on major transport infrastructure, including Sydney Metro, Countrylink, State Rail, the Eastern Distributor, Cross City Tunnel, M2, M5 East Motorways and the Anzac Bridge. He was also Head of Communications for the Sydney 2000 Olympics Games, dubbed the “Best Games Ever”.  Steve is the Senior Communication and Stakeholder Engagement lead for the Western Harbour Tunnel and Beaches Link Project.

Steve Brien
Jun 18, 2018
Jun 23, 2018
8:00 AM – 4:00 PM