Event Types

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

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
May 07, 2018
May 07, 2018
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
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.

Lynne Acworth
May 14, 2018
May 26, 2018
8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
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