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David Jarman
March 9
Harry Ziegerink
March 11
Merv Prossor
March 20
Colin Byatt
March 31
Andrew Duncan
Joy Duncan
March 1
Rick Hayllar
Carol Hayllar
March 30
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Geoffrey Taylor
March 1, 1985
33 years
Tony Viney
March 2, 2017
1 year
Bob Donaldson
March 31, 2011
7 years
Mar 22, 2018
Dealing with Policing Mental Health issues and Family Violence.
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Last Meeting
Guests: Leigh Vinnell, Rob Marks and Stewart Caldell
Peter Anderson, Murry Dart, Greg Fitgzgerald, David Jarman, Roger McMillan, Ian McIntosh, Geoff Taylor and Toney Viney.
Meeting Responsibilities
Meeting set up
Anderson, Peter
Meeting set up 2
Buchanan, David
Barnard-Brown, Elaine
Cashier 2
Barnard-Brown, Ray.
Anderson, Peter
Troutbeck, Rod
Ziegerink, Harry
Prossor, Merv
Club Information
Welcome to our Club!
We meet Thursdays at 6:15 PM
Old Shire Office.
Point Nepean Rd
Dromana, VIC  3936
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President's Message
Rob Alexander
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To all members I have contacted the district IT  people and asked Rick to do some follow up and  the district people  are excited to come and do a training session with us  on all the most important  aspects of club runner and solve your problems.  It  has the potential of  improving our communications,

Some of you get  your partners  involved in communication and they would be  good to bring along.

We will devote an entire meeting to the exercise.


Meeting opened by President Rob who introduced our guests, PDG Rob Marks, Stuart Caulder (President Rob’s father-in-law) and our guest speaker Lee Bunsell.


President Rob gave us a run down on the Marley Point yacht race; great weekend, great weather, largest fleet in 20 years, local Rotary Clubs heavily involved in the organising and one of the wonderful aims of the race is to provide the opportunity for those young people who cannot afford to race on regular basis to participate. Nearly forgot Rob, came a very credible (guess) out of (guess again) in his class. Well done Rob.


As Pres Rob was the Chairman for the night he handed over to himself and asked Secretary Elaine to advise on correspondence.


  • Request from Rotary Centenary House for donations

  • District Changeover on the 17th June in Traralgon

  • District Interplast dinner 20th March, Sands Hotel, Carrum Downs

  • Disaster Aid Sky Hydrant training, 26th March in Hallam

  • Peninsular Special School letter appreciating scholarship donation

  • The proposed Dromana Community market can now be followed on the web site


Directors and members reports as follows:


  • Mike S (Community) – A big thank you to all who helped at the Bunnings BBQ on the previous Saturday – final net figure was around $1,630.00. Planning is proceeding for vegie and herb boxes to be built for the Dromana Community Centre. Mike S and Mike A will represent the Club at the ANZAC morning service.

  • Harry Z (Membership) – Confirmed seven (7) members will attend the District Interplast dinner. Also advised of the Disaster Aid Conference on the 5th/6th May. IGA Community Benefit cards still available for all members.

  • Rick H (Treasurer) – Confirmed our “Lift the Lid’ buckets had now collected over $2,500.00. This is an on-going project.

  • John B (Club Risk Officer) – Urged all members to obtain their WWC card and RI Youth confirmation. This was endorsed by PP Lyn L.

  • PP Bob D – Advised that The Rosebud Hospital had invited all Club members to attend the presentation of the medical equipment trolley and cardiac machine purchased as a result of Mary and Peter Anderson’s tremendous fundraising dinner of last year.

  • Ray BB (Foundation) – Confirmed that the overhead projector stolen from the Old Shire Offices had been replaced by the insurer. Unfortunately, the defibrillator has not been replaced. Obviously, the overhead projector is of far greater importance.

  • Frank M – Advised that the Council had approved that the main pool at the planned Aquatic Centre would be 50m and not 25m but you can still swim across (only 12m)!


President Rob introduced our guest speaker for the evening, Lee Bunsell.


Lee proceeded to give a very interesting presentation on the building of the sewerage tunnel between 1999 and 1973 from Dromana to the outfall at Boag Rocks, Gunnamatta.


Unknown to only the true Dromana locals, the tunnel, which is still fully operational, is at the back of the Collins Street Industrial Estate near Twyfford Court. It is 7km long and 3m diameter concrete lined. Drilling started at both ends and when they met the tunnel was only out by around 35mm. The workforce was predominantly European with a smattering of Kiwi’s, Americans and other nationalities. Many of them had been working on the Snowy Mountain project and were experienced in this dangerous work. There were 3/8 hour shifts per day and in certain jobs if your relief did not turn up then you were expected (told) to work the next shift. As it was a continuous operation the canteen always used to serve breakfast, lunch and dinner so workers could maintain some sort of time balance.


Lee started as brakeman on the trains, a somewhat dangerous job, coupling and de-coupling wagons, off-loading tunnel support beams and metal hoops etc. It was noisy, dirty and OH&S was not even in the English language, so you either did it right or suffered the consequences. Soon thereafter Lee was promoted to train driver, driving a Deutch air powered unit. The two trains did everything, providing empty wagons for the spill (when full 150 tons per load), carrying in the support timbers and metal tunnel hoops, the explosive powderant, gelignite and detonators (2,500lbs at a time) also serving as an ambulance in the case of accidents.


The blasting process was very sophisticated! The driller, using a manual air power drill, prepared a ring of holes at the rock face with holes in the centre and then holes at the bottom called lifters. The holes are filled with explosives and the electrician wires the explosives back to the box where he makes contact with a shifter. The centre blows first then the ring and finally the lifters. Talk about the good old days.


Lee said it was tough, heavy work but he made great friends and Dromana has its own tunnel.


Joke of the week.




 Two women are walking in the cemetery when they see four grave diggers carrying a coffin. An hour later they are still carrying the coffin and still doing it two hours later. One women turns to the other and says “I think they’ve lost the plot”.





Meetings held weekly at Old Shire Offices, Point Nepean Road, Dromana.

Arrive 6:00 pm        Meeting Starts 6:30 pm    Ends 8:00 pm
If you cannot attend the meeting,
then please send your apologies to Elaine Barnard-Brown - - before the Tuesday preceding the meeting.
Catering for meals is expensive if you do not turn up and your meal has be paid for.