Submitted by District Governor Adrian Froggatt
Congratulations to AG Steve Daly and this year's Presidents from the Peninsula Cluster. Early in the year I challenged clusters during my visits to look for appropriate projects they could collaborate on as a team. At the next Peninsula Cluster meeting, the questions were asked:
Is there a Peninsula wide project that:
  • Is of value to Peninsula residents and visitors?
  • Increases Rotary’s Profile on the Peninsula?
  • Is sustainable over several years and the long term?
  • Can be undertaken by all the clubs, and benefit each of them?
  • Can recognise & celebrate the 100 years of Rotary in Australia in 2021 (though it may run longer).
There was. The Mornington Cluster has settled on providing amenities, all clearly labelled Rotary provided, for the missing pieces of the “Bay Trail” as they are added. Rotary and the local Council have been lobbying the state Government for funds to complete the trail. The Bay Trail is a walking and cycle trail ultimately to link Melbourne and Sorrento whose completion shows clear economic benefits for the Peninsula.
In just the last week or so, the Club Presidents and Presidents Elect have committed to this project. The whole project is expected to take 5 years with plans to start next Rotary year which happens to be our celebration year of 100 years of Rotary in Australia.
Well done Peninsula Cluster. I look forward to hearing about progress over the coming years.