BBQ buys a ShelterBox for Nepal

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Frank, Keri, Allen, Melissa, Carol and Jacqui (behind the camera)

Some of our Club Members came together on Thursday 27th May at the Boral plant in Maldon to earn $1,000 towards the purchase of another ShelterBox to be sent to Nepal. This will bring to $7,500 the amount our club has donated towards purchasing ShelterBoxes to replace those that have gone to Nepal following the devastating earthquakes experienced in Nepal late last month.

How did we earn that $1,000?
We cooked a BBQ for a team of around 70 workers at the Boral plant in Maldon. The team were dressed in the most stylish way, complete with fluro jackets, hard hats and safety glasses which made cooking fun! Bread rolls from Bakers Delight in Bowral filled with steaks from Oxley Butchery in Bowral and (fried) onions from Grayco Foods in Mittagong made the workers hugely appreciative of what proved to be a great BBQ lunch for them. The team worked hard and fast to have lunch ready by 12 noon and the workers fed by 12.30.

It isn’t every day you cook a BBQ wearing a hard hat!

What a fun way to earn a ShelterBox for Nepal.

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Selfie – Carol with Organiser Keri & Chef Frank

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Chef Frank & Secretary Extraordinaire Jacqui

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Chef Allen alias Captain Fantastic assisted by Magnificent Melissa

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Sharing a joke!


One more ShelterBox for Nepal!






Butterfly Foundation for Eating Disorders visiting the Southern Highlands

Butterfly logoThe Berrima District Rotary Club is supporting the BDCU Children’s Foundation in funding Educational Forums on Body Esteem in partnership with The Butterfly Foundation, a not-for-profit organisation.

Those affected by eating disorders and body image concerns are invited to attend FREE body esteem workshops and presentations. Butterfly will be in the Southern Highlands between 10th and 12th August 2015.

For more information download the school services southern highlands School and Youth Presentations and Workshops information sheet for more details and register you interest by completing the school services flyer expressions of interest.

On Track

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The Berrima District Rotary Club is supporting the Highlands Community Centre in funding the ON TRACK program which start on 3rd July 2015.

Building and Strengthening Employability skills in 18 to 25 year olds.

Motivation behind developing program:

In 2012, one in four Australians aged 18 to 24 were not studying, learning new skills or working, according to the COAG Reform Council. In the same year, our teenagers were three times more likely to be unemployed than adults.

Youth unemployment currently represents just under 40% of all unemployment in Australia.

Youth residing in areas of high disadvantage are particularly at risk of disengaging from work or study. If a young man or woman comes from a home where neither parent works, they are less likely to have the family contacts to land that all-important first job. Combined with no financial means to access further training, they face a double barrier.

If youth unemployment continues at its current rate, communities will be put on risk of an increase in rates of petty crime, domestic violence, alcohol and other drug abuse and give young people very little opportunity to escape the cycle of disadvantage.

Who is the program aimed at?

18 to 25 year olds

What the program will do:

  • Provide access to programs for 18 to 25 year olds that develop skills and experience for occupations relevant to employment in our area.
    • Skills include
      • RSA and RCG
      • Barista Training
      • Safe Food Handling
      • Employment Issues
    • Experience includes:
      • At least 20 hours unpaid work experience in a local business in their field of training, e.g. Hospitality – Café, Restaurant, Club.

Duration and Involvement:

The program will run for 8 weeks, one day per week. With six weeks based at the Youth Hub at Loseby Park, Bowral and the last two weeks will be the Work Experience component of the program at a local business.


The program will incur no cost to participants.

Download the Brochure On Track for more details and complete the Referral Form now.

Highlands Youth Hub Update

The Highlands Community Centre Inc. is an independent, non political, non denominational organisation that provides assistance to our local youth.

The Highlands Youth Hub project was established by Highlands Community Centres through funding received from NSW Family and Community Services’ Community Builders fund and support from the Wingecarribee Shire Council.
The Youth Hub project was a result of extensive community consultation, particularly with young people in the Wingecarribee.
Here is an update on what is happening at the Highlands Youth Hub.


Local young performers join the Performing Arts Workshop.
Next workshop will be on Sun 17th May, 2015 at the Mittagong RSL.

Bar /Barista  training programs commencing soon, visit their website for more information.

RESPECT CIRCLE The Respect Circle at the Hub was officially opened on 10th April.—at the start of Youth Week 2015. The Circle will be used by aboriginal and non-aboriginal groups as a safe, peaceful place to meet and share. The Moyengully Natural Resource Management Group and Wollondilly Links were responsible for donating this asset to the community.
All plants in this area are native; either traditional medicine or food plants.


The café area at the Hub is used every day.
On Mondays the “Cook / Eat / Enjoy” group enjoys the excellent kitchen facilities and café environment.
On Tuesdays, our “My Life My Dream” program makes it their base.
On Wednesdays and Thursdays our youth workers are running the WAM (We All Matter) program with young people from Bowral and Moss Vale High Schools.
On Fridays there will be BBB Youth Training courses—helping 18-25 year old gain qualifications and experience to assist them in getting work in hospitality.
The café area is used regularly by a church social group, a Young Carers group and two driver training organisations. It has also been hired out for birthday parties.

REC ROOMThe Group Room is also well used. Every Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday Karabar Distance Education meet with students who are isolated or whose special circumstances prevent them from attending school on a regular basis. Distance education also provides for those students unable to access an appropriate curriculum in their local school.
After School Tutoring takes place here every Wednesday and Thursday . Every Friday The Southern Highlands Mates group for Male Carers uses this area.
There are also a number of casual and one-off users of this great facility and Youth Radio will soon be setting up to be able to broadcast from the Hub Office.

Visit the Highlands Youth Hub website for more information.