Rotary Club of South Launceston District D9830
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Club Meetings:
Thursday for fellowship at 6pm followed by Dinner at 6:30pm
Hotel Grand Chancellor, 29 Cameron Street, Launceston, Tasmania

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Ayumi’s Tasmania Zoo visit

Wednesday, 09 Jan 2019


Ayumi zoo visit

Project in Fiji- Merilyn Briggs, Graeme LeFevre & Harry Galea

Wednesday, 19 Dec 2018

Guest Speakers for the 13th December were Graeme Le Fevre and Merilyn Briggs, who gave a presentation on the Club's recent project in Fiji. Harry Galea offered a few of his thoughts as well.
Club members who made the trip were Graeme Le Fevre (Project Manager), Merilyn Briggs, Henk Kortekaas, Harry Galea and Dale Luck. It was on Ono Island, which is 100km off the Fiji mainland. The project was primarily to build a pontoon, but there were other things done, which were covered later by Merilyn.
The first hurdle was the transport to the island - there are no proper berthing facilities, and every item has to be brought to the island by quite a difficult landing procedure.
Students previously got onto and off the Island by scrambling over the rocky, crude landing area. This was highly dangerous as well as being inconvenient. There are no local stu-dents, and all of them board at the school during the week and so have to travel on and off Ono Island every school week.

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Errol Stewart - Development in Launceston

Thursday, 13 Dec 2018

Our Guest Speaker last week was Errol Stewart, who was accompanied by his wife, Aidie. Errol spoke about his developments in Launceston, starting in 1992 when he purchased Jackson Ford.
Having moved to Victoria from Launceston earlier in his career, he and Aidie decided to return to Launceston. Their first purchase was the Glen Dhu High School, which they developed into a comfortable residence. It was then that he decided to develop the old Salisbury's Foundry into the new Jackson Ford complex. This was a very difficult job, and set a trend for him in terms of not being put off by difficult projects.
It was a meeting with Jim Bacon and John Lees which started discussions on the Seaport development. Money was hard to borrow for such a project, and he had to resort to bringing in other people as partners. This approach continued throughout all his work.
He gave a summary of all his projects, including not-so-successful ones such as the George Town Ferry Terminal development. Fortunately, these failures were rare.
He talked about the sourcing of the marina for the Seaport, the Silo Hotel complex, and the C H Smith area. One thing which has been a feature of his projects is his ability to involve not only private developers, but Local and State Government. This approach was the catalyst which made them viable. The current works include the new Motor Museum opposite the Silo Hotel, and he outlined plans for the precinct. The Silo Hotel is a very sig-nificant part of the North Esk River Park, Rowing Complex and general recreation area. It will be a great tourist attraction. He is even interested in developing the old Kings Wharf, and creating yet another public asset.
It was a privilege to hear from one of the main developers of public space in Launceston, and we thank him for giving us his time, as well as congratulating him on his work.

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