Posted by Mark Allen Smith


Teen Mental Health First Aid

Teen_Mental_Health_First_Aid Teen Mental Health First Aid-Year 10 | Cape Byron Rudolf Steiner School

One of our projects in 2019 has been to support the delivery of teen Mental Health First Aid to Year 10 in every secondary school in Byron Bay.

A wonderful partnership with Safer Communities​, CBRSSand Byron Bay High School Official

This evidenced based mental health education program helps make our community safer for young people

Mark Smith is an educator with expertise in the areas of Special Education, Educational Leadership and Mental Health First Aid. Mark has been working in these fields for 25 years. He is the owner operator of Safer Communities, a Mental Health Education organisation with a youth focus. Mark is on leave as the Deputy Principal of Byron Bay High School, a role he has held from 2012. Mark is a very strong advocate for inclusive and supportive educational provision.

You can learn more about Safer Communities here:

Mark is a Director of Volunteers Building Cambodia – Australia, a registered charity in Australia that supports construction and community development programs in Cambodia. Mark is passionate about travel, and likes to ensure he leaves a positive footprint. He has been personally involved in nine house building projects with VBC.

You can learn more about Volunteers Building Cambodia here:

Mark is a former member of the Byron Bay Youth Service and the Federal Community Centre management committees.

Posted by Gerd Schmittat


Australia Day Breakfast


Usually on Australia Day (26th of January) Byron Bay Rotary organises a bbq breakfast with sausage sizzle in the Apex Park next to the Main Beach of Byron Bay. A Disc Jockey or Musicain cares for the right mood during our barbecue at the Apex Park. The BBQ starts at 7:30 am and finishes at 11:00 am.

One member represents our Club at the Australia Day PRG Meetings of the Byron Shire Council. The attendees of the meeting prepare the event and one member of Rotary is often invited to the Byron Shire Council Ceremony. This Year 2019 the Australia Day Community Awards Event is at the Cavanbah Centre, Byron Bay at 5:30 pm on Friday, 25th January. Awards for the new Australian Citizens are still on 26th January. The Australia Day ambassador 2019 of the Byron Shire is Joel Pilgrim. Joel Pilgrim is the founder and CEO of Waves of Wellness. You can read more about him on his Website: The Byron Shire supports our Rotary Club in his endavours to celebrate Australia Day.

Just start your Australia Day with a snack at the Apex Park next to the beach of Byron Bay!!!

Posted by Babara Upson-Shaw


The HELIDROP Event is a major fundraiser supporting Byron Rotary local Youth and Community Projects. This year Byron Rotary will be partnering with The Rescue Helicopter and supporting their operations of keeping the Helicopter in the air. The Event is going to take place on July 8th, 2018 at the Byron Bay Golf Club, 62 Broken Head Road, Byron Bay NSW 2481.

The mixed Ambrose Golf Event will tee off at 10am for 140 players in 35 teams – open to all people far and wide but bookings must be made prior to the day with the Golf Pro, Greg (be quick) phone 02 66856470. The Golf Ball Drop takes place at 4pm on the 9th Fairway, with a Jet Ranger Helicopter dropping 750 numbered Golf Balls and the closest to the flag wins: 1st $4,000; 2nd $500; 3rd $100 ($20 tickets) and with the $10 tickets, 1st $2,000; 2nd $250; 3rd $50.

   On the day there will be raffles with great prizes, a sausage sizzle, putting competition for the kids, music/band and Peppi’s Pizza. Tickets for the HeliDrop can be bought at the Golf Pro Shop, Byron Rotary, Farmers Market, the Beach Hotel or online !! You can purchase Online Tickets until THURSDAY 05th July 2018.

So come along and join the fun for this wonderful COMMUNITY FUNDRAISER

Posted by Babara Upson-Shaw



This is an opportunity for you to involve the girls in your world – friends, workmates, community groups, schools etc. We are looking for 4 spool over lockers and clean cotton fabric for kit bags. We are hoping to get the word out to our local community for donations of overlockers and thread, appropriate fabric, washers, girls underpants , travel size soaps (see lists below).
Days For Girls (DFG) is a non-profit organisation that helps girls stay in school and retain dignity, giving back important days of their lives. Most girls in developing countries miss school during their periods; many eventually drop out. Often women lose income because they are unable to work.


We can do something about that by empowering girls, women and communities with access to sustainable feminine hygiene and sanitation and health training.

In partnership with Rotary Byron Bay and the Mt Warning Chapter of DFG Australia, us Eastgate girls can help resource and make lovely, high quality, sustainable feminine hygiene kits.

Our Field Worker in West African, working closely with the village school and clinic, community development project, has already seen the value of these kits first hand. 50 kits were distributed last year and another 50 kits have been distributed so far this year. The project requires another 300 kits.

We have the opportunity to make this a reality.

Posted by David Dwyer

Rotary Byron Bay has accepted the Job of Parking Supervision at the Local Farmer Markets in conjuction with the Local Fire Brigade.

We attend to the Gates and Parking Area on 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month. For our Supervision of the traffic Flow we are allowed to rattle the bucket for donations.

Rotary has undertaken that 100% of the funds collected from this source is directed to the nominated cause.

Over the three years we have been doing this service that have gone to local charities and also help to fund our commitment to Bravehearts. In addition to Bravehearts, we have assisted, several local anti violence and child protection projects, SHIFT. Funds have also been collected to assist against various Natural Disasters like the Vanuatu Cyclone, Nepal and New Zealand earthquakes. Currently we are collecting to assist people affected by the recent floods and cyclone in North Queensland and closer to home like Lismore and Murwillumbah.

Posted by Barbara Upson-Shaw


   For three days in May Byron Bay Rotary annually funds the Bravehearts team to Byron Shires schools and Pre-Schools delivering the experience of their highly successful interactive, live personal safety program called Ditto’s Keep Safe Adventure. A program teaching personal safety, understandig the issue and reinforcing the critical message and educating your children with skills and knowledge on how to keep safe. The show is a non-confronting and engaging way to teach children peronal safety and encourages children to speak out about unsafe situation such as child sexual assault, bullying, or domestic violence at home.

The 30-minute interactive show is presented by trained facilliators who guides the children through a power-point-presentation and songs complete with actions, along with Ditto (the lion club mascot), who encourages audience participation. The main criteria includes; Yes and No feelings, warning signs, private parts, Secrets and Who to Tell. By empowering children the skills, language and knowledge to keep safe, it will help them speak out when they are feeling unsafe.


It is only through increasing general awareness, increasing skills and capacity building for those working and living with children, preventative strategies, education and strong policies and legislation that we can accomplish Our Mission-stop child sexual assault in society. Bravehearts specialist services are instrumental in preventing the sexual assault of Australian children and giving hope and healing to the most vulnerable and precious of our community- Byron Bay Rotary started with a few schools eight years ago, now we are up to 9 primary schools and 5 preschools and introduced two Ballina Rotary Clubs to Bravehearts and they are funding five primary schools as of 2016.