David Ashford

Director of Community Services and Special Projects (2023 - 2024)

Community Service is one of Rotary’s Avenues of Service.  Every Rotary Club and every Rotarian assumes a responsibility to find ways to improve the quality of life for those in their communities and to serve the public interest.

Service is at the very core of Rotary’s character; it is why our club exists. We all recognize and value the importance of giving back to our community. Batemans Bay Rotarians find ways to improve the quality of life for those within our communities and to serve the public interest. In doing so, we live up to our ideal of “Service Above Self”.

Batemans Bay Rotary Club has a long record of supporting community initiatives including:

  • Improving facilities at Observation Point, Holmes Lookout, Malua Bay, Caseys Beach, Corrigan’s Beach, Korner’s Park, Rotary Park, the Eurobodalla Botanical Gardens, the Foreshore and the town clock.
  • Organising gala local events including Australia Day celebrations, the new bridge opening and significant community anniversary celebrations.
  • Promoting Rotary health initiatives within our community including:
    • Bowel Scan
    • Men’s Health van
    • Medical scholarships
    • CanAssist
  • Supporting numerous local organisations including:
    • Batemans Bay and Moruya Hospitals
    • Local charity groups who provide amazing support for the sick, elderly, underprivileged and in times of emergency
    • Providing equipment and uniforms to sporting teams
    • Providing essential emergency equipment including community access to defibrillators
    • Support for Surf Life Saving Clubs and Marine Rescue
    • Helping out in times of bushfire emergency and the rebuilding that follows the devastation
    • Support for young people both financially and through numerous Rotary development programs of enrichment, leadership and driver awareness
    • Organising community functions including the Rotary Sunday Market on the foreshore, fundraising concerts and charity balls, with the funds raised being returned to local charities and organisations
    • Providing a voice to local, state and federal government representing local community needs and priorities.