Securing an affordable rental is tough, fitting it out can be tougher!
RIMERN (Rotary Inner Melbourne Emergency Relief Network) is a multi club Rotary project operating Inner Melbourne, providing furniture, appliances & homewares to welfare agency clients who have experienced homelessness, domestic violence, incarceration, refugee displacement and other crises.

RIMERN is modelled on Eastern Emergency Relief Network (operating in the Eastern suburbs) and Western Emergency Relief Network (operating in the Western suburbs) & the three Rotary projects collaborate wherever possible.

Balwyn Rotary is a significant supporter of RIMERN providing both financial and volunteer support.


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  • Transforming Nature Strips in Boroondara
    Transforming Nature Strips in Boroondara

    Balwyn Rotary is helping property owners in Boroondara beautify their nature strips – replacing the lawn (and weeds!) with indigenous flowering shrubs, grasses and groundcovers to attract bees, birds and butterflies. Over 45 done so far! Transforming your nature strip can be as easy as: Out with the old

    • Avoid effort and time associated with mowing
    • Switch your nature strip back towards nature
    In with the new
    • A nature strip of lovely indigenous plants
    • Environmentally friendly
    • Attract bees, butterflies and birds
    • Help with greening of Boroondara
    • Talking point and social interaction with locals
    Balwyn Rotary will provide:
    • Assistance to obtain Council Permit
    • Provide and apply grass/weed-killer spray
    • Rotary hoe your nature strip
    • Garden Designer - OR - 20 free plants-you choose
    • Abundant supply of bush mulch
    • Sound advice on completing your indigenous nature strip
    Cost There is no set fee! If you are happy with  Balwyn Rotary's efforts, we would love a donation to Rotary, to assist it in further services to the community. Optional Costs: Plants are $2 ea. If not taking free Garden Design option, your 1st 20 plants are free. For further information please contact naturestrips@balwynrotary.org.au    

  • Youth Programs
    Youth Programs

    [vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text css=".vc_custom_1663395551343{margin-bottom: 0px !important;}"]The Rotary Club of Balwyn is an active supporter of the many Rotary Youth programs including:

    Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) is a week-long residential program for young people aged 18 to 25, which focuses on personal growth, leadership development and community.

    ​​​Are you aged between 18-25?
    ​Do you live, work, study or volunteer within District 9800?
    Do you have an open mind? Ready to challenge yourself?
    ​Take on the RYLA challenge ​!


    Rotary Youth Program of Enrichment (RYPEN) is a Youth Leadership conference for young people who are between 15 and 17 and are year 9, 10 or 11 students. The conference is a weekend long camp designed at developing young people’s potential through a
    mixture of lecture style sessions and adventure- based learning.


    National Youth Science Forum (NYSF) runs annual residential programs to encourage young people in their passion for science. It gives year  12 students a broader understanding of the diverse study and career options available in
    science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and encourages them to continue their studies in these fields.


  • Four Way Test Youth Public Speaking Showcase
    Four Way Test Youth Public Speaking Showcase

    [vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text css=".vc_custom_1663396006015{margin-bottom: 0px !important;}"]The Four Way Test Public Speaking Competition is based on similar competitions that had been run by a number of Clubs over many years. The objectives are to provide a competitive outlet for secondary students attending schools within the City of Boroondara to hone their public speaking skills and promote the Rotary Four Way Test to secondary students as a moral compass—a positive way of living their lives. Rotary is the only service club established on vocational grounds. Rotarians aim to achieve high standards of conduct in their business and personal life. The 4 Way Test of the things we think, say or do embodies the guiding principles underlying all of Rotary’s endeavours and to which all Rotarians subscribe. Public speaking is also very important in today's world, particularly in our young people, our future leaders. Combining the principles of the Rotary 4 Way Test within the opportunity this competition provides our youth to enhance their public speaking skills, may further assist our youth in developing and encouraging an appreciation of and benefits arising from an ethical approach to the way they live their lives. In this competition students can speak on any subject that they feel is current, interesting or important. Their speech must be based on the application of Rotary’s 4 Way Test, with the principles of the 4 Way Test running either expressly or impliedly through the entire speech.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]