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UPDATE: June 2020

We are pleased to announce that through the many obstacles faced over the past months, our Beach to Bush Drought Relief campaign was a success. Just over $10,000 was raised from various sources including a Charity Bowls Day; Rotary’s 100,000 million project; donation tins throughout The Westport Club and Rotary’s RAWCS program. As such, 43 pre-loaded debit cards valued at $250 each have been distributed to local Walcha farmers and farm workers in need. This was facilitated by the Walcha Rotary Club and the Rural Financial Counselling Service, and will in turn stimulate Walcha-based businesses and services.

Andrew Corlette, President of the Rotary Club of Walcha, said.. “Yesterday I received an email from Steve Towle at Port Macquarie West Rotary Club advising that his club in conjunction with your club have made a generous donation for Walcha Rotary to distribute to our drought affected farmers.  This is especially kind and generous of you considering the dreadful impacts of bushfires your own community suffered so recently.  On behalf of the Rotary Club of Walcha and the farming community of Walcha, I extend our heartfelt thanks for your magnificent gift.”

Once again, The Westport Club is proud to be part of a community of generous and wonderful people who always take up the challenge to help those in need.

Beach to Bush, November 2019

This November, The Westport Club is proud to partner with Rotary Club of Port Macquarie West to bring you Beach to Bush Drought Relief – a campaign to support the community of Walcha. The Beach to Bush Drought Relief aims to raise cash and distribute this cash, as “Walcha Dollars”, to surrounding farmers to be spent in Walcha businesses. Walcha is a small rural town that is heavily reliant on financial stimulus from its surrounding properties, and with the effects of this devastating drought, businesses in Walcha are struggling to stay afloat.

As we are the nearest beach-side town to Walcha, most of their residents choose Port Macquarie-Hastings as their first choice destination for family holidays and weekend short stays. Their holiday spend has contributed significantly to the Hastings economy and it is without question our economy has benefited either directly or indirectly from their tourist dollar. Let’s together now reciprocate and help Walcha survive.

The first part of the campaign, “Business to Business”, sets the challenge for 100 Port Macquarie-Hastings businesses to give a sponsorship of $100 during November for the Beach to Bush Drought Relief. However, you don’t have to own a business to contribute to the Beach to Bush campaign through November.  Choose your own challenge with your friends, family, sporting group or club to raise $100, or make a donation of whatever you feel you can contribute.  Each time you visit the Club, with collection tins at every register, you can also drop your change in the tin.  Every bit helps.

The main aim is for the Port Macquarie-Hastings community to provide a cash stimulus to this rural community so businesses can continue to keep their doors opened and the farmers can have extra cash prior to Christmas to spend. Most importantly, your sponsorship will give moral and emotional support to a small business, proprietors and employees of these businesses, who are now facing devastating prospects for their future as a consequence of the prevailing drought and lack of water.


If you are willing to accept this challenge, the bank account details are:

Account Name: Rotary Club of Port Macquarie West Inc.

BSB: 082 798

Account number: 296 386 167

Reference: Your (Business) Name

Your $100 is tax deductible – retain your bank statement as evidence.

If you require a receipt please email: [email protected]


100% of all money raised through the Beach to Bush Drought Relief will be presented to the Rotary Club of Walcha in mid-December to stimulate spend in Walcha businesses in the lead up to Christmas.


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