The Rotary Club of Kingston welcomed guests to hear Bob Clifford speak on the impact of ferries on the Derwent at Margate Bowls Club on Monday 27th Nov.

Scott Dufty( Manager at Kingborough Community Enterprise Centre ) along with Franklin preselection candidates David O'Byrne (labour) and Claire Chandler (liberal) were present.

Dr. Robert "Bob" Frederick Clifford AO, (born in Tasmania, Australia), and now living in Surrey, England, is an Australian shipbuilder, entrepreneur, and businessman, best known for his success in building his Incatcatamaran building company into an international brand that sells wave piercing catamaran ferries all over the world including to the US military and many European ferry operators. There are many Ferries operating Brisbane, Sydney Harbour and Darwin.

A ferry system for Tourists and commuters that linked with buses would be an asset for Tasmania. At a time where transport across regions is a community concern, the waterway travel needs close consideration. If ferry terminals were well placed such as those pontoons along the Brisbane river and utilising key jetty points already accessible, with parking and bus community circuits then the Derwent waterways would be well utilised.

The tourist and community numbers are increasing rapidly with housing developments across the Kingborough Community.

President Roger Bastone extended invitations to community leaders, Rotarians and guests. Question time was ably chaired by Geoffrey Hazell.

In 2016 Infrastructure Minister Rene Hidding contacted Hobart City Council, followed by two meetings in April and July this year.

“The State Government is keenly interested in the potential for river-based public passenger transport and is addressing deeply entrenched policy barriers to this becoming a reality sometime in the future,”

Rotary guests continued discussion well past the close of the meeting, which was well catered for by the Margate Bowls Club.

Geoffrey Hazell leads question time with Dr Bob Clifford
Claire Chandler. Her mother, Ewan Cameron, Bruce House. John Peterson and guests

Bob Clifford's concept plan which includes 16 floating jetties dotted along both eastern and western shorelines, serviced by a fleet of 12m passenger crafts that can handle 50-60 passengers.

Bob Clifford's concept plan which includes 16 floating jetties dotted along both eastern and western shorelines, serviced by a fleet of 12m passenger crafts that can handle 50-60 passengers.

A concept sketch of what the terminals might look like.

a concept sketch of what the terminals might look like.

Opening of Blackmans Bay Skate Park

The Rotary Club of Kingston is pleased to be involved with  Kingborough Council in creating a communal space for youth and families.

The Stage 1 part of extending the Skate Park area to enable a wider range of skill involvement was opened on Saturday.  The display of skill from local bikers,

The display of skill from local bikers, scooters, and skaters was breathtaking.  Many there enjoyed the food cooked by Rotarians.  

President Annette had a go on a scooter and encouraged adults to share in the bike, scooter or skateboard activities. 

Mayor Steve Wass gave credit to the outstanding work by staff at Kingborough Council for developing the Park in response to Youth input.

The Rotary Club of Kingston looks forward to a hands-on involvement with Kingborough Council to get Stage 2 in place.

Day for Girls Event

A Kingborough community event. Please promote to your community and join us


Join us to meet and learn how to make kits that enable Girls around the world to participate fully in their communities. Join us in a shared service through the Rotary Wheel of Tasmania, The Rotary Club of Kingston, St Clements, and the Days for Girls Chapters across Tasmania. 
WHEN:                     MONDAY 20th February 2017 
TIME:                        Kit Making 10:00 to 2:30         KIT MATERIALS PROVIDED 
Donation to cover power costs.
Please bring  your sewing machine or over locker, Cutting scissors and a lunch snack to share with willing hands and friends. Tea, coffee and water provided. No machine? Join us and we shall give you training OR help with assembling kits. 


Are you travelling to Northern Territory or Overseas? Could you take Kits to be delivered? Go to the official website to learn how to distribute kits.

Empower a girl, and you lift up her future, her family, her community, and her nation.

International Day of the Girl is October  2017

 Check our Calendar for details or alternatively contact: Or SMS 0419543287



The Rotary Leadership Institute is a grassroots Rotary information and development programme using facilitation in small groups to engage Rotarians and strengthen clubs.

Last year sessions were held in Hobart and Deloraine. The feedback from all participants was extremely positive.


National Youth Scientists at Government House

Hands On Teamwork: Rotary Club of Kingston, St Giles, Kingston Mens Shed and Rotaract.

Hands On Teamwork: Rotary Club of Kingston, St Giles, Kingston Mens Shed and Rotaract.

First Days for Girls at St.Clements, Kingston

First Days for Girls at St.Clements, Kingston


Youth Exchange and shared experiences at our meetings.
Rotary channels our commitment to service at home and abroad through five Avenues of Service, which are the foundation of club activity. Leadership of a club, committee or community project will benefit from this training.

  • Club Service focuses on making clubs strong. A thriving club is anchored by strong relationships and an active membership development plan.
  • Vocational Service calls on every Rotarian to work with integrity and contribute their expertise to the problems and needs of society..
  • Community Service encourages every Rotarian to find ways to improve the quality of life for people in their communities and to serve the public interest.
  • International Service exemplifies our global reach in promoting peace and understanding. We support this service avenue by sponsoring or volunteering on international projects, seeking partners abroad, and more.
  • Youth Service recognizes the importance of empowering youth and young professionals through leadership development programs.

    Rotary Leadership Institute Overview

    The Rotary Leadership Institute provides an educational opportunity for clubs.

    Invitation to Participate 

    Rotary needs a constant influx of leaders as club officers, since they mostly change every year. It is often difficult at the club level to learn enough about the exciting world of Rotary and it is also important to remember that leadership skills in volunteer organisations are often different from business leadership skills.

    The Rotary Leadership Institute, through ‘Building Future Leaders’ can help
    with both, through learning:

    • more about the what/where/who/why of Rotary
    • where they fit in the Rotary world
    • about developing their leadership skills
    • how to develop projects, local and international
    • how to bring about change
    • about being a part of the future of Rotary

    ‘Building Future Leaders’ is an outstanding opportunity for each club to improve the Rotary knowledge of its key people and to be exposed to new ideas of leadership. The exchange of ideas with other Rotarians alone makes the program extremely worthwhile.

    Each session has a maximum of 16 participants which will give every participant the
    best opportunity to gain from and contribute to the total learning process. The course
    is comprised of 3 one-day modules led by experienced Rotarian facilitators and there
    are no fees applicable.

    2016 – 2017  Programme

    Module 1:
    North/NW – 9th October, 2016 – Rotary Pavilion, Alveston Drive, Deloraine
    Module 2:
    North/NW – 29th October, 2016 – Rotary Pavilion, Alveston Drive, Deloraine
    South – 30th October, 2016 – Harold Gregg Centre, 1 Southerwood Drive, Lower
    Sandy Bay
    Module 3:
    North/NW – 25th February, 2017 – Rotary Pavilion, Alveston Drive, Deloraine
    South – 26th February, 2017 – Venue TBC

    Download overview  (pdf)


    Ken Moore 0418 444 034

    Download this information  pdf

    Updated  30 August 2016

Rotary Youth Driver Awareness

Rotary Youth Driver Awareness was well attended. Schools in Kingborough were guided through each challenge. James Baldwin was the 40 000 th student to take part.

Rotary volunteers play an important role at RYDA days by acting as guides for each of the student groups participating in the six program sessions. Rotarians with good organisational skills and availability for a long-term commitment to the Program also assist by accepting a role as Day Manager at our various RYDA venues.





Rotary Clubs also provide direct financial support to the RYDA Program through donations from the community – identifying the RYDA road safety education program as the focus of a Rotary Club fundraising activity creates a positive image in the community and attracts good community support.

Very importantly, the involvement of Rotary assists us to minimise operational costs and therefore helping to ensure that the RYDA Program remains accessible and affordable for all young people in the community.  RSE and Rotary Clubs across Australia and New Zealand are proud to be working together to help make our roads a safer place.