What is Rotary, you ask?


Flemington Kensington Rotary has been working for the local community for more than 30 years.

But what is Rotary you ask? We are not a clothesline or an engine, and not a rotunda. And we don’t just cook sausages at Bunnings either!

Rotary is a service organisation, which raises funds to help people in communities locally and across the world. We are ordinary people who want to give back and help others.

You may have heard about our work with the Bill Gates Foundation to end polio, which is now almost unheard of except in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Or how we enable Youth Exchange sending year 11 students to live in another country for 12 months, or perhaps the work we do with scholarships for local schools.

Flemington Kensington Rotary does all these things and more.

Our main income comes from the Op Shop we run at 444 Racecourse Rd in Flemington, where a team of volunteers help by receiving, sorting and selling donated clothing, books, toys, household goods and bric-a-brac. We are much loved by collectors, young people in search of a special item of clothing, and people setting up a new home. We are also there for a chat!

With the announcement that supporting the environment is a new priority for Rotary, we have partnered with Moonee Valley Council and are developing a wildlife habitat and pollinator corridor along the Maribyrnong River. We have already planted more than 500 trees, groundcover and understorey plants near Fairbairn Park with more to come.

In recent years we have planted gardens at Debney Meadows and Ascot Vale West Primary Schools, helping students learn about where fruit and vegies come from and attracting birds and insects for pollination.

Our members have collected and helped to send 60-plus unwanted council playgrounds to children in Asia and Africa, bringing joy to them and saving landfill.

The Art Shows allow people to come together to celebrate and connect with others and appreciate the skills and talents of our local artists.

So, as you can see, we have many projects and activities and welcome those who would like to “give back”.  We provide networking, connection, learning and friendship to everyone. Get in touch or visit our website to see the range of our work.

Rotary – we are people of action •

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John Buncle

John Buncle

February 14th, 2024 - Felicity Jack
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