Community News


Camp Getaway; A special needs venue

Sitting on the Campaspe River and just south of the Axedale Golf Club is Camp Getaway. Originally established as an interdenominational church camp for congregations in nearby Bendigo, the facilities were created from World War 2 surplus. Only three of the bowed corrugated iron Nissan Hut former dormitories still stand currently used for storage for kitchen renovations.

 Across the last decade an asset replacement programme has seen great changes. With the goal of providing a special needs venue for groups who offer families respite care, the accommodation has been rebuilt to provide total wheel chair accessibility. All showers and toilets are roll in roll out and fitted with grab rails. Paths are wide and concrete and an appropriate gradient ramp to the rec hall / dining area is now in place.

 Kitchen renovations are the most recently building activity. A dedicated volunteer group of about a dozen mainly septa and octogenarians have spent two to three days a week constructing a first class facility. This improved catering area will, no doubt, attract new guests to the site and be welcomed by returning users.

 Camp Getaway is a Rotary District 9800 project. Further the Rotary Club of Camberwell has painted the wired much of the facility.



Swinburne University Teenage Mums Programme

The birth of a child for a teenage mum usually means the end of education of the mum’s formal education. However, this is not the case for those enrolled Swinburne University Young Mums programme. Year 11 and 12 and vocational courses such as Certificate 2 in Retail Services or Information Technology are offered by Swinburne for students aged 15 to 20.  The best part of the programme is that mums bring their babies with them.


Swinburne University Rotoract Club recently held a film night raising over $1300 for the programme. Both Rotoract and the programme's director were delighted.

Santa Visits Box Hill North

Santa travelled by train at the Box Hill Miniature Railway monthly open day in December. Although Mr Claus arrived in a car, after handing out presents he joined other patrons, particularly children, in a ride on one of the trains. Constantly ringing his bell he sat at the end of the rear carriage waving to all as the train passed. When interviewed after he said the train wasn’t as comfortable as his sleigh, however, the train ride was great fun.

Santa visited the train park at the request of the Rotary Club of Camberwell

Good News Week

Its Good News Week; 

Grade six students at Canterbury Primary School have spent the last 2 weeks of their primary school life making “Solar Buddies” to help developing nation school children study at night. Essentially a solar charging torch, the Solar Buddies (also called BrightBeams) Canterbury students made have been sent to Budrum in Queensland. There they will be packed together with other schools efforts and shipped to Ghana.

As part of the grade six curriculum called “Giving Back,” students were very excited about their opportunity to help others. They were amazed to discover children in some parts of the world live in homes with no electricity connected. The notion that these were much safer than smoky Kerosene or oil lamps and wouldn’t burn the house down wasn’t lost on them.

Completion and the packing up of the torches had the upper school buzzing with excitement. Paid for by the Rotary Club of Camberwell, Canterbury children made 100 units and elected to send their handiwork to Ghana. Four students gave their thoughts about the project.

“It was great fun building the BrightBeam lights for someone it will help in the future” - Charlie

“The BrightBeams were enjoyable to construct. Thank you for sending them to us to make.” Caleb

“We really enjoyed making and testing the BrightBeams lights.  We hope they will be helpful to people in need.” Charlotte and Isabelle

Camberwell Art Show

Camberwell Art Show logoThe 2016 Camberwell Art Show was held from 9-17 July at the Swinburne University Advanced Technologies Centre, 427 Burwood Road, Hawthorn.

The Art Show celebrated 51 years as one of Australia’s finest community art events for established and emerging artists.

To visit the Camberwell Art Show website click here.

Hawthorn Craft Market (in Camberwell)

Hawthorn Craft Market

Our Rotary Club now manages the Hawthorn Craft Market (Click here to visit website) in partnership with the City of Boroondara. Established in 1979, it is a "makers' market" and an iconic feature of the cultural and community fabric of Boroondara.

Held on the first Sunday of each month from March to December at 340 Camberwell Road, Camberwell the Market comprises about 40 stallholders with handmade items including plants, flowers, cakes, cushions, crystal therapy, children's clothes, scarves, Japanese beads, needlework, soy candles, leadlight and coffee beans from Timor Leste.

There's something for everyone and proceeds from stall rental go to our Club's charitable programs. Entry to the Market is free with an optional gold coin donation.