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North Sydney Sunrise

We are men and women who meet regularly in North Sydney for fellowship, networking and breakfast!

It's a great way to make new friends. We come from many walks of life and backgrounds with a common goal - service to the community (local and worldwide) through fellowship.

07 December  - Nuclear Powered Submarines for Australia 
 Peter Bullard

The announcement on 16 September of the historic AUKUS Alliance a trilateral security partnership, caught us all by surprise. In hindsight however, its origin can be traced to recent political events and the rapidly changing strategic military environment. The first major initiative of the Alliance is to assist Australia to acquire at least eight nuclear powered submarines with the US and UK helping with technology transfer. Exactly how that will be done is not yet clear as Vice Admiral Johnathan Mead AO has been appointed as the Chief of Nuclear-Powered Submarine Task Force to conduct an 18-month study to “define the optimal path to acquire the submarines.” It will be a challenging project as the intention is to build all the submarines in South Australia in time to take over from the current Collins Class submarines as they retire from service.

Peter will cover a broad sweep from the origin of the Alliance and the regional reactions to it with an overview of the two options available, the US Virginia Class and the UK Astute Class, outlining their roles and capabilities followed by a short excursion into the support facilities, also covering nuclear safety.

Presenter - John Peter Bullard

Peter spent 35 years as an engineer officer in the Royal Navy. He qualified as a conventional submariner and as the RN nuclear submarine program expanded undertook an advanced marine engineering course studying nuclear submarine reactor design. His sea time in nuclear submarines finished with a nine-month unsupported deployment to the Far East. He followed by lecturing to engineer officers undergoing nuclear propulsion training before moving to the nuclear operational safety section. His design time was spent as the head of the future submarine nuclear propulsion plant section working on the as then unnamed, Astute Cass machinery design. In London in the Naval Staff Operational Requirements Directorate he managed the concept studies for the Astute class. He became an Australian citizen in 2009. 

Guests are always welcome.


World Festival of Magic 2021

Our major fund raiser of the year “The World Festival of Magic” will be a streamed only event this year due to the ongoing Covid restrictions which do not allow a live performance of the show.

We are very grateful to the business community of Northern Sydney for their continued support of this wonderful event.

This will be our club’s 4th year of involvement with the World Festival of Magic which is celebrating their 31st anniversary of shows in Australia.

This year our major beneficiaries will be Phoenix House (website), providing early intervention and support services to the most challenged young people in Northern Sydney and Royal Far West (website), providing health, education and disability services to children living in Rural and remote areas of Australia.

For further details see the World Festival of Magic website

For further details see the World Festival of Magic website


Time 7:15am

Breakfast meetings

Location: Piato Restaurant, 123 Blues Point Rd, McMahon’s Point.

While we have returned to face to face meetings Zoom Calls will continue for the foreseeable future. 

  • 16 Nov, Noel Phelan, Captain Cook Graving Dock
  • 30 Nov, Stephanie Heighes, Nusa Tengarra Assoc
  • 07 Dec, Peter Bullard, Nuclear Powered Submarines in Australia
  • 11 Jan, Surinder Jain, AI & Robotics
  • 18 Jan, Lindsay May, Sydney Hobart report
  • 25 Jan, Paul Gabriedes, Pheonix House
  • 15 Feb, Jenny Horsfield, Edgeworth David

If you want to attend click on the "Meeting and Contact Info" button in the heading and we will forward you an invitation.

Christmas Dinner - Members, partners and friends all welcome

Date: Tuesday 14th December, 7pm for 7.30

Location: Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron, 33 Peel St Kirribilli NSW 2061

Cost: $65 pp - cash bar - no BYO

To pay: BSB - 032-298 Account number: 790098 Account Name: Rotary Club of North Sydney Sunrise Club Account

RSVP: Andrew Young - by 10th December (If you have any special dietary requirements please advise Andrew)

Club Forum

Location: Piato Restaurant, 123 Blues Point Rd, McMahon’s Point. 

Breakfast Meetings where we discuss and agree the organisation/projects to be supported and our plans to provide resources and/or funds to achieve it.


  • 14 Dec, Club Forum & Board Meeting


The Club

We look forward to welcoming you.


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