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Australian/New Zealand Regional Chapter

Australian/New Zealand Regional Chapter


Chair: Pat Armstrong Email: pat.arm (at) esrag (dot) org
Vice Chair: Rob Edwards Email: rob (at) robedwards (dot) co


To be held monthly using conference calls

Current Projects:

Rotarians for Bees


Why was it set up?
In response to a worldwide decline in bee and pollinator populations that will affect food production on a massive scale, Rotarians and Rotaractors in Melbourne, Australia have mobilised to form Rotarians for Bees. This is now a project of the Australasian Regional Chapter of ESRAG. Bee populations are dwindling globally because of climate change, pesticide use in agriculture, loss of natural habitat, fewer flowering plants and diseases (such as the Varroa mite).

What’s it about?
Our mission is to build awareness among Rotarians worldwide of the need to protect and support bees and to encourage actions that will build sustainable populations of bees and other pollinators.

What has it achieved?
To date, we have introduced Rotarians for Bees to Rotarians and Rotaractors at the February Multi-District conference in Melbourne, have developed a Rotarians for Bees strategic plan and are building strategic partnerships and alliances in the bee and honey industry. Come and chat to us at the ESRAG booth at RICON in Hamburg. We are presenting at the ESRAG forum there as well. We will continue to build ESRAG and project membership, implement actions with municipal councils, beekeepers and Rotary clubs and develop alliances with key groups. 

Where can I learn more?

Here is a Sept 2019 update on R4Bees activities:  AN AWAKENING - AN UPDATE FROM ROTARIANS 4 BEES



Contact people:

John McCaskill (Rotary Canterbury) john (at) jmcresources (dot) or 
Faye Kirkwood (Rotary Caulfield) ianfaye (at) bigpond (dot)

Plastic Free Oceans

Why was it set up?
It’s simple for Clubs, Rotaract, Interact, Inner Wheel and Rotary groups to be part of the solution to the plastic crisis. Plastic waste is a significant difficult topic and showing leadership on the issue will also demonstrate Rotary’s leadership.

What’s it about?
Choose a member to sign up as your club’s representative. Then, when planning club activities for example a BBQ or change over dinner, do the 6 point checklist to reduce waste. Add the activity to your ‘Page’ so it displays in the global list. It’s that easy for your club to be part of a global community of Rotarians working together to protect our environment.

What has it achieved?
Rob Edwards has set up a website so that clubs can register and log low plastic events. Several clubs have already registered.
Where can I learn more?
Go to the website:

Contact person:
Rob Edwards Email: rob (at) robedwards (dot) co