The Rotary Club of Drouin is participating in the “Rotary Overseas Recycled Playgrounds” project by dismantling the soon-to-be-replaced children’s playground in John Grubb Park (part of the Civic Park complex) in Drouin.
 
Rotarian Bill Petschack, the Club’s community service and projects director, organised the work, and was supported by several members.  Bill said that the Baw Baw Shire Council had contracted Mad Cat Constructions to remove the existing equipment and to construct the new playground and other facilities in accordance with the overall development plan for Civic Park.  Mad Cat Construction’s Trevor Reynolds worked with club members in the demolition process.  Rotarians dismantled the old equipment and “jackhammered” the concrete bases from around the poles as they were removed.
 
(l-r) Rotarians Don Kelly, Roger Playdon, Gary Scanlon, Bill Petschack, Jeff Copping and Leigh Bates (elsewhere at the time, AG Tim Wills) during the recent playground demolition project
 
This District project is organised by Rotarian Wayne Jenkins of the Mt. Martha club, which has been running the program in the peninsula area for some years.  The aim of the activity is to harvest playgrounds no longer needed or being replaced, ship them to Rotary clubs in Sri Lanka, Timor Leste and soon to Nepal and The Philippines, where they will be re-installed for the use of local children.
 
(l-r) Rotarians Roger Playdon and (AG) Tim Wills, Trevor Reynolds (Mad Cat Constructions), Wayne Jenkins Mt. Martha Rotary, and Rotarian Bill Petschack with the playground equipment loaded ready to go
 
Bill explained that the work commenced by taking many photographs of the equipment in place, which was entered into a database, and each component was labelled so that the recipient overseas club could reassemble it as originally installed.  After demolition, the equipment was loaded onto Wayne Jenkins’ trailer to be taken to Rotary’s central “Donations-in-Kind” collection point.
 
President of the Drouin Club, Russell Ford, thanked Bill Petschack and his supporting work crew for their efforts in the Club’s involvement, and Mad Cat Constructions for its co-operation with Rotary in order to achieve its aim.