Current Rotary Tasmanian Appeals

Tasmanian Floods
Fiji Cyclone

Rotary Clubs in Tasmania also support ShelterBox and Disaster Aid who both offer immediate response to disasters.   Check here for more details of these Disaster Response Organisations in Tasmania.

Tasmanian Floods May 2016

During May 2016, Tasmania experienced disastrous floods with loss of life, property, fodder and as far as we can tell at the moment approx. 1000 plus head of cattle.

DG John Dare registered a Rotary Australia Benevolent Society (RABS) Project No. 65 – 2015 – 16 to provide support for flood affected individuals. A committee has been formed to identify and assess applications for aid in accordance with RABS and Project criteria.

Appeal for Tasmanian Flood Victims still available
Club and their members are urged to make contributions as well as to recommend the appeal to their friends and family members.  The plan is to use money to help individuals in need .Clubs are now asked to nominate suitable projects.  Around $40 000  was distributed.  All donations are tax deductible.

Donations can be made via  the RAWCS Web site RABS  #65 2015-16  Projects   here  —


Rotary Clubs are asked to spread knowledge of this appeal as there are many Tasmanians who are still in shock and in of need assistance.


Call for Flood Recovery Project  support

The committee managing the Tasmanian Flood Recovery  project is now calling for applications for these funds to support individuals in need.

This form can be used to describe projects and apply for funds to support them.
(Use Acrobat Reader DC to complete the form)

Projects supported by the funds will meet the following criteria:

  • Deliver  benefit to individuals in need.
  • Have a lasting legacy such as rehabilitation of a recreation facility.
  • Have some co-investment (cash and or resources) from a Rotary club or other community organization or individual.
  • Have demonstrated community support and priority.
  • Demonstrate value for money.

Tasmanian Disaster Fodder Relief System

In disasters like the recent Tasmanian bushfires, one of the urgent needs is fodder to feed livestock. Rotary Clubs, especially rural clubs, have the knowledge, skills and networks to be lead organisers in the collection, transport and distribution of fodder in future disasters.

The Tasmanian Disaster Fodder Relief Plan has been developed by PP Kerry Vincent and PP Graeme Dent and  has been accepted by the Tasmanian Government as the key distribution method in disasters..

The key elements of the plan involve Rotary District 9830 taking responsibility for any future fodder drives, following the declaration of a disaster in Tasmania. Rotary will liaise with the State Government and the TFGA, but will be the controlling body. Rotary will establish a district committee to manage fodder relief and will appoint a state director to head up the committee.
A 1800 FODDER number will be established.

Unfortunately no fodder was available to help with the Tasmanian flood disaster.


Fiji — Cyclone Winston Appeal

The District Governors of Australia have agreed to support a National Fund Raising Appeal for Fiji Cyclone Relief.  The intention is to fund raise immediately but not use funds for immediate relief efforts.  Appropriate projects  will be identified for  the recovery phase,

“FIJI DISASTER RELIEF”  RAWCS Project Number 46 2015–16  has been established as a National project.

fijinDG John Dare (District 9830), DG Mike Woods (District 9760) and Adrian Roach District 9670 are the governing committee.
Partner Clubs in Fiji are the Rotary Club of Lautoka and the Rotary Club of Suva in District 9920 and the Rotary Club of Deloraine is sponsoring the project.

As this is a Disaster Relief Project, Rotary  Australia World Community Service (RAWCS) will not charge the usual 3% for donations from individuals and corporations

These projects have  been approved at  November 2017.

  • Funding for two containers transporting Building Materials to Taveuni Island to repair schools
  • Funding for repairs to Korovou Medical Centre
  • Partial funding of 12 man Fijian work crew for 12 weeks to enable them to rebuild schools and teacher ‘s  accommodation.
  • Funding for work team light truck to transport men and materials to site
  • Funding for school admin computer system consisting of 7 laptops, server and printer.
  • Funding for package of cooking stoves and basic food for 200 families
  • Funding for materials for re roofing of RA Maternity Hospital.

Tasmanian work crews will most likely be required in 2017.

Destruction from Hurricane Winston on  Sat 20th Feb 2016

Some observations from Peter Drysdale at Lautoka

The hurricane moved very rapidly between the two big islands slamming the east and north coast of Viti Levu and the islands to the East, and the South Coast of Vanua Levu- but curved along the north coast to whack Tavua, Rakiraki, Ba and Lautoka- a common path.

The eye wall probably passed about 20km north of Koroipita then west to the Yasawas and out to sea with gusts of possibly 320 km/hr – but it moved rapidly at 25 km/hr. That meant the damaging winds lasted only 8 hours. If it had lasted the usual 12- 24 hours we would have had total devastation.

Some examples of damage in the  North- East

Koro Island. Two large villages totally demolished.
East Coast villages (north of Suva)- extremely bad
Rakiraki, Tavua, north coast Ra whole villages- demolished, 2000 homes.
Draunivi Village. 140 houses, 79 demolished
Settlements devastated and farm houses de- roofed on a wide scale.


Please note that RAWCS DOES NOT charge a service fee on donations toward declared disasters.

 14 Oct 2017 RT