Rotary Project


Rotary Overseas Recycled Playgrounds – Timor Leste

Flemington-Kensington, 9800, Victoria, Au

The Rotary Clubs of Keilor and Port Melbourne, on behalf of the Balibao House Trust, requested a playground for the school built by them in Timor Leste.

Project Categories

CIRCULAR ECONOMY, Recycled Playgrounds, AUSTRALIA, Victoria, 9800, Flemington-Kensington

Other Keyword(s)

Timor Leste, Education, health, playgrounds, playground equipment, reducing landfill, 

Sub Project

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Project Status


Start Date

01 July 2016

Project last Updated

October 2020

Volunteers: 80

Volunteer Hours: 511

Cash Contributions: USD 6500

In Kind Contributions: USD 12000

Project Contact(s)

Mr Peter Theodore Cribb, Flemington Kensington
Lesley Janice McCarthy, Flemington Kensington
Rod Greer, Ocean Grove

  • Rotary Clubs of Flemington Kensington District 9800
  • Geelong and Highton District 9790
  • Kurunegala, Sri Lanka District 3320
  • Geelong City Council
  • MG Car Club of Geelong
  • Sputnik Girls School, Kurunegala
  • Donations in Kind


We have developed the systems and processes to replicate in any district by any club.

Volunteers Wanted

Rotarians and non Rotarians are invited to participate in a number of roles including photographing equipment, coding elements, assisting with removal, collection and transport to Donations in Kind, packing into a container.  Liaising with councils and schools

Financial Support

While donating councils make a small contribution in lieu of landfill, shipping costs to some countries are very expensive.  Donations to assist with this would be appreciated and you could choose a country.


Millions of dollars of good quality school and council playground is sent to landfill, yet there are children in developing nations who never experience the joy of a playground to develop their skills and have fun



We get playgrounds that are at teh end of their lifecycle in Melbourne and using volunteers and plaground manufacturers, repair and repurpose them so they can then be shipped for installation in a developing nation with teh assistance of local Rotary Clubs



We supply a playground, coded and ready to install at no cost,  to local communities and schools in developing nations. The as new, safe playground equipment brings joy to children and helps provide exercise that improves their mental and physical well being.



  1. We give children the gift of joy from simple play
  2. We keep plastics and metals out of landfill
  3. We engage manufacturers with the chance to give back
  4. Councils appreciate the ‘green’ effect and schools appreciate giving to children


Project More Info

The RORP story continues to grow and has now expanded across Victoria to encompass all Rotary Districts and has seen shipped 4 containers to Sri Lanka and individual playgrounds to other countries.

Our sincere gratitude to Laurie Fisher at DiK for his unfailing support and patience with loading, shipping and the truck.

We are exceedingly grateful to the support of Barb Champion at Play Australia; John Arena at Arena Gardens Playgrounds, Robert Garoffolo at Adventure Plus Playgrounds, Fred Haig & Rebecca Hiel at OmniTech Playgrounds.

 There are now 25 councils involved and we have also partnered with a number of schools. Each donor pays a small fee to contribute to shipping costs. 

Individual “cells” have arisen at Ivanhoe District 9790 and Frankston-Mount Martha District 9820 where those Rotary clubs manage their own contacts, harvesting and delivery to Donations in Kind. 

A scoping plan is taking place to commence shipment to Nepal through one of our members and costings and connections re being explored.