Day: Usually on Tuesday Morning for Breakfast Meeting
Time: 7:15am - 8:30am
Location: Piato Restaurant 123 Blues Point Road, McMahons Point NSW
Please Join Us
We welcome new members and visitors.
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.
Our meetings are both informative and informal, with interesting and varied speakers.
They finish punctually to allow us all to continue our busy days.
Verity Hewitt’s fabled bookshop was the only such shop in Canberra during the Second World War. Governor General Lord Gowrie called it ‘the nicest little bookshop in Australia’. It became a meeting place for diplomats, service men and women, artists and writers, public servants and the Canberra community, which was changing from a country town to a capital city under the pressures of war.
Jenny Horsfield will talk about this renowned bookshop.
Jenny Horsfield is a Canberra writer and historian. Her book, ‘Rainbow: the story of Rania MacPhillamy’ won the award for Non-Fiction Book of the Year in the 2008 ACT Writers and Publishers awards
16 March 2021
Social Dinner meeting - 6:30 PM
Location - Ivan & Lissies
$55 for a 2 course dinner
63 Union Street, McMahons Point
RSVP by the 9th March to Cathie Glinka 0411 227 893
With the roll out of vaccines at the end of February 2021, Professor Basten who is from the Garvan Institute of Medical Research, will talk about the pandemic, and vaccines, their purpose and outcome as known at this time.
Tony is a clinician/scientist with a career spanning over 40 years, initially at Sydney University and RPA hospital and now at the Garvan Institute. During this time, he has made a substantial contribution to our understanding of how the immune system is regulated in health and disease.
In 1980 he was the inaugural winner of the Glaxo Smith Kline medal for research excellence, while between 1987 and 1989 he served as the Commonwealth’s chief advisor on the medical aspects of HIV/AIDS.
He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science and has recently co-edited its Q&A on Immunisation for the public. He has been a Rotarian for 29 years as a member of the Rotary Club of Chatswood (now ChatswoodRoseville) where he has served in a number of roles including the Presidency.
30 March 2021 - The Albert Hotel
Originally built in 1886 as a stately home named Telopea, The Albert has been reborn as a luxurious boutique hotel. It is situated (behind the Crystal Carwash) next to Boronia House which was owned by the same extended family that owned Telopea. Over the years the Telopea building had fallen into disrepair and was last used as a radiology and medical centre. Many of the original features of the house have been restored and a modern wing has been added.
Kate Branch, Public Relations Manager for the hotel will talk about
the history of the building and its redevelopment.
the challenges of opening a new hotel during the COVID-19 pandemic.
and show some interesting old photos of the original building and its occupants.
Kate is a life-long photographer, public relations manager and travel lover who currently resides in Sydney with her husband and two children. She holds two University degrees, a Bachelor (BFA) of Fine Art, for which she majored in Photography, and a Master (MA) of Art Therapy (Fine Art and Psychodynamics). Alongside her academic background, Kate credits travel for being her ultimate teacher in aiding her appreciation and understanding of art, photography, and life.
06 April 2021 - Medical Traumatic Stress in Children
Prof Justin Kenardy
What is Medical Traumatic Stress and what we can do about it. It is a consequence of contact with health care by children and their families. The traumatic stress emerges from the events surrounding the reasons for admission as well as the experiences of the child and their family during the admission. This can include procedures that are painful for the child and distressing for the parent.
In this talk Justin will describe the nature of medical traumatic stress including the prevalence, course and risk factors. He will also describe the work that his team is undertaking to prevent and reduce the impact of medical traumatic stress including in infants and toddlers.
Justin Kenardy is a Professor in the School of Psychology at the University of Queensland. He is also a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences Australia. He has been working in the area of the psychological impact of child and adult traumatic injury for many years.
13 April 2021 - COVID Update
Trent Zimmerman MP
Trent will review the present situation regarding the Covid-19 pandemic and what we may expect over the next 12 months.
His talk will cover
Border openings and closures
Education (with international students being severely reduced in numbers)
The number of incoming passengers and quarantining
Job Seeker usage in the North Sydney electorate
the release of Covid-19 vaccines
50 million doses are planned
most Australians being vaccinated by October
Vaccination will be issued free-of-charge
Trent Zimmerman is the Member for North Sydney in the Australian Parliament. Trent is the Chair of the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Health, Aged Care and Sport. He is also the member of the House Standing Committee on the Environment and Energy, the Joint Standing Committee on Public Accounts and the House Privileges Committee. He is Convenor of the Coalition Friends of Tourism, Co-Convenor of several bi-partisan Parliamentary Friendship Groups including Amnesty International, the SBS, Rare Diseases and the Australian Catholic University.
27 April 2021 - Teddy Sheean VC
23 February 2021 - RYDA (Road Safety Youth Driver Awareness)
Road Safety Education Limited (RSE) is a not for profit organisation committed to providing evidence-based road safety education that supports the development of a road safety culture across the generations.
At the heart of the programs lies RYDA (Rotary Youth Driver Awareness) – a school partnership which supports teachers on the journey as they provide their students with the tools and understanding they need to see themselves as active, responsible road citizens. RYDA features a highly engaging and memorable one-day workshop which front-loads students’ understanding of road safety and gives them the tools, habits and motivation to take action and stay safe on our roads a both drivers and passengers throughout their lives.
John Elliott joined the small RSE head office team in September 2020 as the National Program Manager. This followed a long career teaching, marketing and management in higher education and tourism sectors. In this role he is responsible for the roll-out of the RYDA program with schools throughout Australia.
He will talk about RYDA
The content of the program and who it is targeted at
The current status including adoption in the Norths Sydney LGA
Opportunities for involvement
16 February 2021 - Special Children’s Services Centre
Special Children Services Centre Inc. (SCSC) is an incorporated association chartered in 2008 for provision of support services to intellectually disabled children from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds and their families. Intellectually disabled children from CALD backgrounds typically received less support from mainstream services mostly because their carers spoke little or no English and are unsure of where they can go for support. Many of their cultures tend to fear the stigma associated with having an intellectually disabled child. This often results in their families not wanting to ask for assistance.
SCSC was founded to bridge this gap by creating a safe haven for the families, offering support to them, organising therapy classes and helping them to get mainstream assistance including from the National Disability Insurance Scheme.
The organisation is run by volunteers, and the management committee consists entirely of volunteers, who come from many different professions. John Zhang joined SCSC first as a volunteer and was later elected to the management committee and has been the president since 2018.
This talk will be about the journey of the SCSC, what is it like for the children and their families from CALD backgrounds, and insights into the kinds of support that SCSC provide to these families.
09 February 2021 - Brigitte Cox
Brigitte Cox is a Director, Scientific Committee Chair of the Food Safety Information Council and an Honorary Fellow in Agriculture and Food at CSIRO. For 14 years she was a Food Technology Liaison Officer at the North Ryde Laboratory of the food division of CSIRO and before that an academic at UNSW and TAFE.
The Scientific Committee of the Food Safety Information Council contains members from academia, CSIRO, and State and Federal departments involved in food safety. Our role is to vet the material produced by the Council and ensure that the information is scientifically valid and up to date. The major activity of the Council is to organise events and materials for National Food Safety Awareness Week.
Brigitte will speak about how to keep your food safe and avoid food poisoning from bacteria and viruses. She will also touch on the effect of COVID and food. Finally, she will introduce the audience to the Food Safety Information Council where they can find a lot more information on food safety.
It is estimated that around 100,000 seafarers finish their contracts and fly home every month in normal times. This is not currently happening, and they are stuck on the ships for who knows how long.
Known as the “angel of Sydney’s waterfront” Sister Mary Leahy has spent the past 20 years helping those who earn a living on the seas. She said she has never seen conditions so desperate. She is working around the clock to help the thousands of exhausted sea farers caught up in the centre of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Day-and-night, the softly spoken sister with a cheeky sense of humour is known to appear with everything from clean clothes, practical advice, spiritual guidance or just a listening ear for somebody doing it tough.
Sister Mary will talk about her experiences supporting seafarers, with a special focus on the pandemic of 2020.
19 January 2021 - The 2017 Fastnet Race
Speaker - Lindsay May
Lindsay May's 48th trip to Hobart was thwarted by Covid 19.
He was due to navigate the famous Kialoa II that took line honours back in 1971.
Lindsay’s first race on K2 was in August 2017 in the famed Fastnet Race from Cowes on the Isle of Wight, out to Fastnet Rock off the tip of Ireland and back to Plymouth in the UK. Kialoa II was bought by brothers Paddy & Keith Broughton in Portugal in 2016 and barely made the voyage back to Hamble UK to be fully refurbished. The mainly Australian crew spent the week prior to the race finishing the rebuild and set out on Lindsay's second Fastnet, his first was 1983 as part of the Australian Admiral's Cup team.
15 December 2020 - Crows Nest Centre Update
Speaker - Denise Ward
The Crows Nest Centre is recognised as a premier provider of quality community services and as a place at the heart of a vibrant connected community. The Crows Nest Centre exists to provide & facilitate quality community programs & services that connect the community, to sustain community wellbeing and reduce social isolation.
The centre provides inclusive, responsive and accessible programs and services which contribute to and sustain community wellbeing, reduce social isolation and enhance the quality of life for people in the local community, focused primarily on the North Sydney Area.
Denise Ward (Executive officer of the Crows Nest Centre) will give us an update on the work of the Centre, which we have supported and helped fund over recent years.
24 November 2020 - North Shore Trams
Speaker - Ron Besdansky
There was a time when trams were a common sight on the north shore.
Remember when you could travel anywhere on the tram network for just one shilling?
How did the network operate? How did the trams intertwine with the trains? And what led to the demise of this much loved form of public transport?
17 November 2020 - Fake News
Speaker - Uma Patel
People often blame disinformation and fake news on the companies that allow it to be shared and the governments that refuse to outlaw it. However, as Uma has seen in her work, if everyday people give their eyeballs, clicks and money to trustworthy sources then the power of fake news would evaporate.
Uma Patel is a management consultant who works for FT Strategies (which is part of the financial times). She specialises in news companies. She previously worked as an ABC federal political reporter and Sky News New Zealand correspondent.
Uma will speak about the role everyday people can play in stopping fake news.
10 November 2020 - Women Sailors
Many women have now completed successful circumnavigations of the world, competed and won in the classic yacht races and won gold at the Olympics and Para Olympics. Kay Cottee was the first woman to sail around the world, nonstop and single handed in 1987/88. Jessica Watson repeated the voyage in 2009/10.
These women faced many challenges including being rolled over, pitch poled, dismasted, knocked down, washed overboard and the loss of the keel or rudder. Both Kay and Jessica were knocked down several times with the mast and sails on the water surface; Kay was also washed overboard.
Age has not been a barrier. Jeanne Socrates completed two world circumnavigations at age 70 and 77. Laura Dekker at age 14 attempted the same only to be stopped by the Dutch authorities, but went on to do the voyage at 16.
Come along and hear the stories of many women sailors both Australian and other countries. Several have been inducted into the Australian Sailing Hall of Fame.
Noel Phelan's first career was as a science and mathematics teacher. He then moved into IT with IBM where he spent 25 years in various technical and management positions. He has been a volunteer guide at the Maritime Museum for several years and enjoys showing visitors over HMAS Vampire, HMAS Advance, HMAS Onslow and First Lady. Noel is also the team leader for the museum speakers.
3 November 2020 - A Vision for North Sydney
Back in 2000, Jeremy Bingham offered a frank assessment of the North Sydney city centre: ‘It has no heart. It has no central point. It has no civic spaces. It has no style. It’s a mish-mash.’
Eighteen years later, the newly formed Committee for North Sydney described the city centre as little more than ‘an office park with through traffic’.
Never give up! The Committee for North Sydney is upbeat about the future of the North Sydney city centre. It recently released its strategic vision for North Sydney, called Five Big Ideas for the Future City Centre.
The Convenor of the Committee for North Sydney, Jeremy Dawkins, will speak about the role of the Committee, the imaginative ideas in the strategy, and how the Committee’s vision could be implemented.
The 24 members of the Committee for North Sydney — eminent academics and professional practitioners in the fields of architecture, urban design and urban planning, and local experts and community leaders, all North Sydney residents — set out to facilitate public and expert contributions to the progressive improvement of North Sydney, through policy debate, public conversations and urban planning and design. The Committee is supported by an independent, member-governed incorporated Association that anyone can join.
Jeremy Dawkins is a leading Australian urban planner who has combined hands-on planning practice with policy making, university teaching and research. He managed the revival of Fremantle at the time of the America’s Cup, and set up the NSW Government’s strategic management of Sydney Harbour at the time of the Sydney Olympic Games. He established and directed the Master of Planning program at UTS, and was executive Chairman of the Western Australian Planning Commission. He is Vice President of the International Society of City and Regional Planners.
Ian was elected to North Sydney Council in 2017 and he will provide insight into his experiences starting from the election campaign.
Once elected, he realised that popularism is a powerful decision driver – he will comment on how this played out when dealing with
Revenue falling short of the cost of the services being demanded.
The divisiveness that comes from 4 years of community consultations in the context of deciding the future for the Olympic Pool.
Ever increasing pressure from the State Government to increase population density and the pushback from the community.
Pressure to repurpose public open space.
The limited utility of a property portfolio accumulated over the years.
Ian Mutton is a North Sydney councillor. He has been heavily engaged with the protection of community assets. He is a driver behind:
The Sydney Harbour Highline project
Making Wendy’s Secret Garden permanent
Protecting Luna Park and securing its future
Ian is also the practice director of a Sydney based law firm specialising in contract related matters and competition and product liability laws.
20 October 2020 - Club Forum
At our Club Forum we will discuss our current program and causes we wish to support in the future. In doing so, we shall bear in mind our Club goals. Please bring along your ideas, suggestions and proposals – the more the better!
The agenda will include
Club service including the Speaker program
Public relations including Web site and Facebook
Any other general business
Guests are always welcome.
13 October 2020 - Healing Your Life
Marshall Dunn is a Spiritual Healer & Guide, Meditation Teacher and Author of the book Letters to Mitch: The Healing Power of Grief, Love & Truth and host of Marshall Dunn’s Soul Hour Podcast. After the suicide of his elder brother in 2002, Marshall underwent a spiritual awakening, which opened a door for his Greater Destiny to reveal itself. Now with over 15 years of meditation & healing experience and a Master's Degree in Psychology, Spirituality & Mind-Body Practice from Columbia University, Marshall has delivered his grounded, healing wisdom to the likes of Universal Music Group (UMG), Barclays, Acast, Slyp, WeWork, L&A Social, along with reputable private schools in Sydney such as Loreto Kirribilli and Chevalier College.
Accessing The Intelligence, Wisdom & Peace Of The Heart
In this talk, Marshall Dunn invites people to drop into the essence of what it means to be a Human Being, through a connection with one's heart. Drawing upon science, spirituality and direct experience, Marshall will explore why now more than ever, the most powerful way to peace in our world, starts deep within us.
Why the Heart "knows" and how to access it's intelligence to handle challenge with more grace and ease.
The power of coherence when the head and heart are working in alignment.
Why your Heart has the ability to heal and release core wounds, limitations, entanglements and attachments - and how you can start healing your life now.
06 October 2020 - Children's books
Speaker - Karen Hendriks
Karen Hendriks is a children’s author who lives on the South Coast of New South Wales. Her debut picture books “Go Away, Foxy Foxy” and “Feathers” were released this year. Karen is a Books in Homes ambassador and a trained literacy specialist with a teaching background. She is also a moderator for Creative Kids Tales, an online site for children’s writers and illustrators.
Karen will talk about her life journey:
Starting with university where she was unable to get into the Children’s Writing elective but in Language Learning was required to write a short story. She will also talk about The Book Gangmangang that she was involved with.
Teaching and picture books and becoming a Reading Recovery Teacher and what she learnt about children and reading - also about socio economically disadvantaged students.
Her illness which was the call to action to finally pursue her dream and start writing. Overcoming fear and self doubt and pushing through to pursue writing.
Her writing journey and the stories behind “Go Away, Foxy Foxy” and “Feathers”. These are very different and have different inspirations.
29 September 2020 - Finders Distillery
Speaker - Kyle Ford
Kyle will go through the story of how he & Georgia came to start a distillery in St Leonards and run through how they make their spirits. He will show the distillation equipment and run through its operation.
Kyle and Georgia have both enjoyed successful careers in their fields. Kyle learnt his trade in engineering with the Australian Airforce and went on to spend 10 years working on military aircraft. Georgia started her career as a buyer in women’s fashion and later moved into the alcohol industry. In 2016 Kyle and Georgia resigned from their jobs, sold almost everything they owned and set off on a two year, around the world trip. Whilst travelling there seemed to be a common occurrence; visiting distilleries and trying local produce. The idea for Finders Distillery was born.
This little distillery is housed in an industrial unit in St Leonards, on Sydney's North Shore. It is at this location that every bottle of Finders Distillery product is produced.
They use a 300L copper pot still and create each batch individually. They run all of their ingredients in a single distillation, using an exact quantity of each ingredient to produce the perfect taste. They dilute the spirit to drinking strength using water that has been through a multi-stage filtration system. They then bottle, seal, label and package all products by hand, under the same roof.
22 Sept 2020 - Water Management in NSW
Speaker - Clay Preshaw
In 1998, Sydney faced an unprecedented water crisis due to a suspected contamination by cryptosporidium and giardia. This led to the formation of the Sydney Catchment Authority, which took over Sydney’s catchment and dams from Sydney Water.
The Sydney Catchment Authority is now part of WaterNSW, which manages and operates 42 water dams across NSW. WaterNSW is responsible for supplying water to two-thirds of the NSW population and continues to face a variety of significant challenges, including drought, climate change and population growth.
Clay Preshaw works as the Head of Catchment Protection at WaterNSW, and leads a group that is responsible for protecting the source of Sydney’s water supply. He will explore a broad range of water management issues in NSW, including the 1998 Sydney Water Crisis, the ‘multi-barrier approach’ to water supply, the recent drought response, and future water infrastructure projects.
Clay is a town planner and lawyer and has previously worked in various environmental planning roles within NSW and overseas.
15 September 2020 - The Digital Evolution & Seniors
Speaker Julian Wee
In a world where a human generation is now averaging over 30 years, and at the same time, the digital world generation is shortening to 4 years, what are some of the implications, especially in relation to the senior population? Julian Wee from Seniors.Rocks will share his findings, and propose a model to address some of the potential and incumbent challenges.”
Julian is the founder and managing partner of Seniors.Rocks, a social enterprise focused on the digital (online) well-being of the seniors population. Previously, Julian held a number of leadership roles in Australia and global regions. His last industry role was as Group CIO for IBM’s Growth Market Unit. After more than 3 decades in the IT industry and facing a choice of where to call home, the time was ripe to redirect his energy onto his passion for better social outcomes. In particular his experiences with the seniors population. Julian has also served on a number of industry boards in Australia and abroad. Including Deakin University (VIC), and The Smith Family.
08 September 2020 - Human & Hope
Sally Hetherington lived in Cambodia from 2011 - 2017. Seeing the unintended consequences of voluntourism, she teamed up with Human and Hope Association (HHA), a nightly English school at the time, to develop it into a reputable community centre. Working as Operations Manager, Sally was responsible for implementing new programs addressing social issues, fundraising, logistics, mentoring and training the staff and ensuring the organisation's long-term future. Sally overcame countless obstacles, but the biggest lesson she learnt was that for sustainable change to happen, locals needed to be leading organisations.
As a result of Sally's empowering approach to development, she successfully made herself redundant, leaving HHA to be entirely run by local staff. Sally is the CEO of Human and Hope Association Inc, a registered charity in Australia that raises funds for Human and Hope Association to continue their poverty-alleviating programs. Her manifesto, 'It's Not About Me' was published by Elephant House Press in 2019. Sally received an Order of Australia Medal at age 33.
Sally will talk about sustainable development, her journey as a young female building up a not-for-profit organisation, innovation and taking risk, and the unintended consequences of voluntourism.
The current market including sales and how these compare to previous years. Is it a buyers’ market or sellers’ market and why?
COVID19 and the effects it has had on residential and commercial property
What lies ahead in the lead up to 2021
Living locally, Ben has insight into the Lower North Shore lifestyle and has made lifelong connections during his time at SCECGS Redlands. Ben is highly motivated and thrives in an ever-changing environment. He is focused on providing clients with a comprehensive and successful real estate experience.
David is a director of the company and focuses on Kirribilli, Lavender Bay and McMahons Point with over 15 years of experience in the industry. With a thorough knowledge of the many burrows that constitute the lower north shore.
11 August 2020 - History of Pilot Boats
In the early 1800's pilots were rowed out from Watsons Bay to ships in a whaleboat with a crew of 4. Not only was this difficult and dangerous it was fiercely competitive. The signal station on South Head let the pilots know when a ship was approaching. In 1833 pilotage became compulsory for ships over 25 tons. The wreck of the SS Dunbar where there was only one survivor out of the 122 people on board and the following enquiry led to changes.
Three Captain Cook pilot boats served for over 60 years. These were large vessels of 500 tons and a length of 160 feet. They carried whaleboats that were rowed to the ships. The pilots boarded the ships by rope ladders.
Later versions of pilot boats were much smaller and came alongside ships to transfer pilots. The pilot boats today are purpose built and made in the UK - the St Brendan's class. They are capable of 26 knots and 55 feet in length with two 600 BHP engines. They are equipped with the latest in safety gear and navigational aids to operate in difficult conditions.
28 July 2020 - Allergies & anaphylaxix in Australia
The House of Representatives Standing Committee on Health, Aged Care and Sport has completed an inquiry into allergies and anaphylaxis in Australia. The Chair of the Committee, Trent Zimmerman MP, said that allergies were seeing a rapid rise in Australia affecting more than four million Australians.
Some people experience a life-threatening allergic reaction known as anaphylaxis. Over the last 20 years, hospital admissions for anaphylaxis has increased five-fold and has a major impact for so many families, schools, and childcare centres.
While the cause of the increase in allergies remains uncertain, what is clear is that this is a phenomenon found primarily in wealthier western nations like Australia.
Severe allergies can be life threatening and this will be an important opportunity for the Parliament to shine a light on how we can better support those at risk.
Trent will talk about
Why allergies are rising.
Whats the current advice to help minimise allergies
What state and federal governments can do better to help allergy sufferers.
1 July 2020 - JP's in NSW
Since retiring from a long sales and management career with IBM Australia, Garry Wood has been working with several not for profit organisations and keeping busy with property renovations. Garry was appointed a NSW Justice of the Peace in 2015 and is the President, Sydney Branch of the NSW Justices Association responsible for the 10 JP service desks across the City of Sydney state electorate. The NSW Justices Association represents over 3500 volunteer JP’s across NSW and maintains over 130 service locations. In addition, Garry is an active member of Marine Rescue NSW based at Middle Harbour.
Garry will talk about
the history of JP’s in Australia
the role of JP’s in NSW
what is required to be a JP
how they are appointed and
where to find a JP in your area
30 June 2020 - Sydney Metro
Sydney Metro is Australia’s biggest public transport project. Much has happened in the last year, with services started in May 2019 in the city’s North West, and the completion of tunnelling for the new metro railway between Chatswood and Marrickville.
This talk will provide an update on the Sydney Metro progress showing the latest highlights in the North Sydney area, including
work at the Victoria Cross Station sites and
Blues Point, and
giving a wider overview of the whole project.
Neil Dix –Communications Manager, Tunnel and Station Excavation, Sydney Metro Neil has managed communications and community activities on a range of infrastructure projects including the Northern Beaches B-Line, Kempsey Bypass and National Broadband Network rollout.
28 April 2020 - Dysphagia
Speaker - Dijana Dragicevich
What is Dysphagia? Dysphagia is derived from the Greek words phagia (to eat) and dys (with difficulty). It is difficulty getting food from mouth to stomach. Like breathing, swallowing is essential to everyday life. Humans swallow at between 500-700 times a day, around three times an hour during sleep, once per minute while awake and even more during meals. Around one million Australians have a swallowing difficulty. Swallowing problems can occur at any stage of life. However, the knowledge of dysphagia and its implications remain largely unknown for most Australians.
Dijana’s talk will answer the following questions:
What is Dsyphagia
What causes of Dysphagia
What is the anatomy of swallowing
What is a Normal Swallow
What is an Abnormal Swallow
What can go wrong?
What are the Consequences of Dysphagia
What is her research
14 April 2020 - Nusa Tenggaar (Timor) update
Speaker - Stephanie Heighes
North Sydney Sunrise Rotary Club sponsored the Nusa Tenggara Music and Dance Festival in West Timor. The presentation will cover
a Brief history of the NTA (Nusa Tenggara Association)
an update on the music festival
an update on what NTA is doing in response to covid19 in Flores and West Timor - educational awareness raising campaigns have been run with the local government and the ministry of health to educate people on covid19 in communities and schools. In schools the plan is to start a specific hygiene component with handwash-stations and general awareness raising
Questions and Answers
Stephanie is a social Anthropologist from Switzerland. She has been working for the Humanitarian Aid and Development Cooperation since 2004 and lived from 2007 to 2017 in Flores (NTT- Indonesia). She moved to Sydney in December 2017 with her Australian husband and their 2 children. She started working for NTA in June 2017.
04 February 2020 - NBN Rollout
Speaker - Geeth Geeganage
NBNCo was established in 2009 to design, build and operate Australia’s wholesale broadband access network. Underpinned by a purpose to connect Australia and bridge the digital divide, nbn’s key objective is to ensure all Australians have access to fast broadband as soon as possible, at affordable prices, and at least cost.
To achieve this objective, nbn has been structured as a wholesale-only, open-access broadband network. nbn provides services on its local access network on equivalent terms to retail phone and internet providers, to provision for end-user needs. This is intended to level the playing field in Australian telecommunications, creating real and vibrant competition within the industry and providing choice for consumers.
This presentation will include:
What is the nbn™?
How does it impact your fixed line phone and internet connections?
What do you need to do to get connected?
How to avoid scam calls related to nbn
Geeth Geeganage currently represents nbn as a community ambassador. In his role, he is responsible for having conversations with a wide variety of community groups so as to help them better understand the nuances of nbn roll out.
15 January 2019 - 2018 Sydney to Hobart
Speaker - Lyndsay May
Lindsay May competed in his 46th consecutive Sydney Hobart Yacht Race last December. A record for consecutive races. He navigated the classic 73 foot yawl Kialoa II (the line honours winner in 1971)
The 2018 edition was a straight forward Hobart with nor easterly breezes down the NSW and Tassie coast but at the bottom of Tasmania some of the yachts including Kialoa were battered with 60 knot gusts.
Lindsay will give an overview of the race illustrated by spectacular photographs from some of yachting’s best photographers.