NEW location for weekly Club meetings.

After about 35 years, some 1,400 weekly meetings and around 50,000 individual meals at the Burnie Civic Centre (a.k.a. Burnie Arts & Function Centre), we were advised to move our meeting location. As of 5 September, 2016, we have been meeting at the clubhouse of the Burnie Bowls Club (a.k.a. "The Burnie Greens") in Cooee. The meeting time remains the same (6:00 pm for 6:20 pm on Mondays).

To contact the Club

Rotary Club of Burnie
P.O. Box 185
Tas. 7320

Or Email our Secretary at: [admin "at" burnierotary "dot" org "dot" au]


The Power of Rotary


Sir Clem Renouf thinks of himself as an ordinary bloke who, thanks to a life-long liaison with Rotary, got to do an extraordinary thing. In 1979, Clem Renouf of Rotary Club of Nambour, Queensland, and then current Rotary International President, noted that smallpox had been eradicated for a little more than the cost of the two Australian naval vessels he had seen near Manila the day before. Renouf wondered if Rotary’s new grants scheme could be used to tackle another disease with similar success. For more, click here.


In 1984, immunisation projects were underway in 15 countries. For more, click here.


In 1988, there were over 125 endemic countries where the wild poliovirus was naturally present and there were 350,000 polio cases in the world. The campaign was taken up by the United Nations. For more, click here.


The Rotary Foundation received the Gates Award for Global Health (from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation) in recognition of its PolioPlus campaign. For more, click here.


In 2016, Polio remains endemic in just two countries – Afghanistan and Pakistan. For more, click here.

The Future

Rotary and its partners in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative – the World Health Organization, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), UNICEF, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation – have set up environmental sampling in the areas that are most susceptible to the disease. Fifteen to 20 countries are still at high risk despite having eradicated the illness. For more, click here.

And, to think this whole story was the outcome of an idea by “an ordinary bloke” in 1979.


Are you in the age range 18-30 and live in NW Tasmania? Then check out Central Coast Rotaract Club on Facebook. Connect to Facebook

or visit the Rotaract Club of Central Coast Website.

or Email to Central Coast Rotaract


Club members are boosters for Burnie. Why? Click on the thumbnails below for some views. Fernglade is a beautiful picnic spot on the Emu River, just two km from the City Centre, and is a favourite haunt of the Platypus: We can often see them foraging in the river at dusk. The Rotary Club holds a barbecue meeting there in January. Burnie is also home to countless families of penguins and we can look into some burrows. Below these thumbnails are links to the latest Burnie weather and to the Burnie City Council's website.

Scenes in and around Burnie
Fernglade Burnie CBD and Port
Fernglade, with Emu River - favourite haunt of the Platypus Burnie CBD and Port

[Copyright: Burnie Council]

[Copyright: Doug Forrest]

Litle Penguin

[Copyright: Burnie Council]


Burnie is in a wonderful part of the world - Tasmania. Here is a small sample of what we mean. The following images were supplied gratis by Mike Calder [see]

Scenes from around Tasmania
The Nut at Stanley Historic street, Stanley
The Nut at Stanley Stanley historic street

[One hour west of Burnie]

[A delightfully preserved town]

Echidna Two young Devils
Echidna Young Tasmanian Devils

[Echidnas walk slowly, but can dig fast]

[The Tassie Devil is a very interesting animal]

Lake Pedder Boat Harbour
Lake Pedder Boat Harbour & beach

[Pedder is in South-West Tasmania]

[This beach is 30 minutes from Burnie]


For the latest Burnie weather, you have two options: (i) For pilots and other mere mortals, click on Burnie Weather for an extensive array of information on what is coming towards us over the horizon. (ii) For farmers and other stick-in-the-muds, click on Burnie Environs.

To find out more about the City of Burnie and surrounds, check out Burnie Council.

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