Posted by Dr. Murray Garde


Pentecost Island School RAWCS Project in Vanuatu


   The Bay Barrier village of about 400 people is located on the extremely remote south-east coast of Pentecost Island in Vanuatu. After the damage caused by Cyclone Pam in March 2015, the Byron Bay Rotary Club has been engaged in a project funded by Rotary Australia World Community Service (RAWCS) to rebuild the primary school classrooms destroyed by the cyclone. A local village action team of carpenters and a support team in the capital Port Vila have been working with Byron Bay Rotary representatives to purchase and ship building materials and tools to the village. Regular visits by our club representative during the project have sought to support the community so they can take responsibility for the works themselves. The repairs have been carried out in accordance with both national and Australian building standards and were completed by the building team in December 2016. The school now awaits a final visit by our club representative to make the final inspection and receive the certification report.

Posted by Ian Dipple

Bunnings BBQ

When the Byron Bay Bunnings opened in February 2015, Byron Bay Rotary Club was invited to join them on a Saturday morning tradition of running sausage sizzle 3-4 times during the year.

Byron Bay Rotary Club has been a firm favourite with the Bunnings staff and general public due to our preference in only selling great quality locally produced Wholly Smoked Sausages, which are often complimented on and keep them coming back for more.

With Dave our barbecue king and our friendly members serving, we sell sausages drinks and good spirit to the community to raise funds for our ongoing local and international charities and events, such as , but not limited to:

  • S.H.I.F.T.-Woman’s refuge and education
  • Bravehearts-Teaching Kids about inappropiate touching
  • Byron Bay Highschool-Grants for underprivilieged students & DUX scholarships.
  • RYLA-Youth leadership course.
  • Vanuatu -New roof to the Bay Barrier school building following a cyclone.
  • Solomon Islands-Public health education programs
  • Akilah- Women’s education programmes.

Posted by Kaye Wilkie

Founded in Byron Bay, The SHIFT Project Byron is a short-term educational transition program for women who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.


Established as a not-for-profit charity in 2015, the project is an incorporated association which is privately funded through individual and community support. SHIFT is governed by a strategically selected and highly skilled volunteer board of directors, who all share motivation to make a positive difference in people lives.

The key objective of The SHIFT Project is to provide a supportive and stable enviroment where program participants can make their own psersonal SHIFT from disadvantage to empowerment.

About the Program

The program can accommodate five live-in positions. We also provide an outreach component that supports potential participants who live independently but are in need of assistance, as well as past graduates to access the education program.

The projects aims to provide a sustainable education program, which is built around the organisation’s founding philosophy to develop wellbeing, inderdependence and reciprocation. It is informed by current research in the areas of interpersonal neurobilogy, somatic psychotherapy and the field of resilience.