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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Rotary Youth Driver Awareness (RYDA)

Wednesday, 31 Oct 2018

Our club has been a major supporter of RYDA. On six out of the nine days, the Day Manager has come from our club. Josh and Karen De Groot have managed the catering, which includes making the sandwiches.
Max Watkins and Dale Luck have provided extra back-up and other club members have acted as guides on several of the days.

RYDA is a series of practical and powerful workshops that aim to change the way young people think about road safety.  As part of an interactive one-day experience, students experience high-speed braking, devise travel strategies that will work for them in the real world and get tips from road safety experts on how to protect themselves, their friends and family.  Perhaps the most impactful moments come from the personal stories of loss and survival.  In one session, students watch a powerful and emotional video on the life and tragic death of and 18 year old provisional driver and her best friend.  And in another, they sit with a crash survivor and hear first-hand how one poor choice can change a life forever. 


Sheryl Thomas, CEO of Studentworks.

Wednesday, 31 Oct 2018

Last week’s guest speaker was Sheryl Thomas, CEO of Studentworks.
Sheryl began by thanking club members who participated in the working bee in August by painting their dining room.
She mentioned that Studentworks was celebrating its 40th anniversary and was holding an Open Day the following day—Friday October 26th, to which club members were invited.
Studentworks is a not-for-profit organisation funded by the Education Department.
Sheryl also mentioned that Dale Luck was president of their board and that Wayne Higgs had also served as a board member.
Studentworks provides an alternative education program for 14-16 year olds who struggle with the convention-al education system, by offering a more practically oriented program in the areas of woodwork, metalwork, warehousing and catering.
They aim to provide productive pathways to fulfilling lives by using a teenage workforce producing real prod-ucts being sold on the open market. Early in their existence they made products for Repco, Coats Patons, Preci-sional Tool Annexe, the Branxholm Sawmill and Cornwall Coal.
Today they make pine beds for the Migrant Resource Centre, outdoor furniture, including picnic tables and seats that have been installed in the Gorge. They produce products for QVMAG, the Prospect Medical Centre, Southern Cross Care at Low Head as well as children’s chairs and tables, feed lockers and rubbish bins.


UTAS Northern Transformation Project - Rotarian James McKee &  Chelsea Wingrove

Wednesday, 24 Oct 2018

Last week’s guest speakers were Rotarian James McKee (Central Launceston) and Chelsea Wingrove (daughter of former South Launceston Rotarian, the late Phil Wingrove).
They came to our club to talk about the UTAS Northern Transformation Project, which includes the transfer of the Launceston campus to Inveresk.
The aim of the project is to increase the volume and diversity of Tasmanians involved in learning, particularly at university level. Tasmania currently has a rate of people involved in university education equivalent to the Northern Territory.
The project wants to position UTAS to offer flexible and relevant course options and flexible entry approaches in co-operation with TAFE. The introduction of the University College is designed to meet a gap in the education market not currently being met by TAFE.
The project also aims to remove barriers to further education learning by developing vibrant shared community spaces with a distinct heart.
Current university buildings at Newnham are no longer suitable for a modern university. They have a utilisation rate of about 14%. In the past, students lived on campus and spent most of their university life there. Today students may only spend a few hours a week on campus.
The new campus at Inveresk will be designed to reflect this change and the desire for the university to be much more connected with the community around it, particularly the city centre.
The university wants its programs to stimulate economic growth, productivity and innovation in partnership with the government and the business community. It is moving from a hub and spoke model to a network ap-proach. The northern campus will be focusing on the areas of Health and Human Performance, Food Innovation, Smart Design and Wood Innovation.
In conjunction with The Tasmanian Institute of Sport, UTAS will be promoting high performance and a standard of excellence in sport, particularly in rowing and cycling.
The university will also be promoting the adding of value to agriculture, tourism and forestry. In relation to the latter, it will be facilitating smart design and wood innovation.
UTAS wants to emphasise the notion that learning doesn’t stop at graduation and wants to provide increased options for post-graduate study.
The new campus is being designed with integration with the com-munity in mind. It includes a research centre on the Willis Street site.
The new campus is aimed to demonstrate design principles, com-munity, aesthetics, distinctiveness, technology and function.
The campus will include a village green, which it is hoped will be-come a community focus.
UTAS expects to move into its new campus in 2022.


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