Community Service Projects

This project seeks to provide immediate support to the victims of the Bushfires east of Armidale known as the Bees Nest Fires. These predominantly farming people have suffered significant loss and emotional trauma. The Rotary Club of Armidale is working closely with the Rural Financial Counselling Service - NSW - Northern Region, who has over 100 farming families in need who are seeking assistance due to their trauma and lack of support services.

As you may be aware, the drought situation is very dire in this region and the ongoing fires have worsened the farmers' ordeal. It is in this spirit that we ask that the public assist our Club in raising the desired amount of $15,000.00. Even a small contribution by members of the public will go long way to alleviate the plight of these affected people.

This is a National Region project registered for project funding under the Rotary Australia Compassionate Grant (RACG) to raise $15,000 which will then be matched Dollar for Dollar from the Dick Smith Foundation

The total funds for this project will be $30,000.00 from the following sources:

  • Rotary Club of Armidale: $3,000.00

  • Other Contributions from the public: $12,000.00

  • giving a total of $15,000, which will then be matched by a further $15,000.00 from RACG to give a total of $30,000

Donations from the public to assist the Club to raise the $12,000 above for this very worthy cause may be made by clicking on the Rotary Australia World Community Service website  Donations may qualify as tax deductable gifts; details can be found on the linked RAWCS website above.

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Ezidi Refugee Resettlement Program


First of our EZIDI orientation days at Charlie Belfield's property- 10 September 2020.

The aim of the program is to assist Northern Settlemnt Services to resettle the Ezidi refugees coming to Armidale to settle into the community.  Two of the Club members have donated lease over blocks of agricultural land for the Ezidis to farm.

Armidale’s BackTrack youth organisation was named the Youth Service of the Year at the NSW Youth Work Awards in Sydney last night.

Founder Bernie Shakeshaft received the prestigious award from NSW Minister for Disability, Ageing and Multiculturalism John Agaka at a ceremony at the SMC Conference Centre.
The Awards are organised by the NSW Department of Family and Community Services Youth Action group, the State’s peak body for young people and youth services which represents 1.25 million young people and the services that support them.
Backtrack was one of nine finalists including youth organisations from Sydney and across NSW.


Mr Shakeshaft said “BackTrack’s vision for the last seven years has been to help young people having a hard time turn their lives around, reconnect with their education and training and their community and to find work.

“These young people have the same aspirations as everyone else. They want to do well in life and we concentrate on helping them achieve that as best we can.”

Mr Shakeshaft said the Award should be shared with the local community and its leaders who have given such strong support to BackTrack over the last seven years.

“We could not have achieved what we have without the support of our local politicians, council, Jobs Australia Enterprises (JAE) , the Armidale Rotary club, along with other service clubs, the University, local businesses and members of the community,” he said.

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BackTrack Founder (centre) Bernie Shakeshaft, Armidale Rotary Club President (left) and 9650 District Governor Phil Hafey in discussion at the Bactrack site in Armidale.

"Ironman Welders" at work



AgLads was developed to address our region’s growing trade and agricultural skills shortages 


AgLads has since developed as an innovative industry led program focussed on creating employment opportunities for youth in rural communities.


It provides training, work experience and progression to paid work crews. Teams of AgLads are completing on the job training on local properties under the guidance of industry mentors and are attaining certificates in Rural Operations

Completed Projects

The Library & Lifelong Learning Centre at Ban Khao Thalu School in Chumphon Province, Thailand. A Rotary Club of Armidale project completed in 2010.