Our Club Projects

Shannons Country Classic Motor Show


Historically featuring more than 60 cars and 30 motorcycles spanning production dates from 1908 to 2019 Shannon’s Country Classic Motor Show is hosted by Tamworth West Rotary at the Tamworth Regional Entertainment Conference Centre (TRECC) in May each year.  All tastes are catered for at the two-day show, with veteran, vintage, classic and show cars, hot rods, drag cars and classic motorcycles on display.  More than $200,000 has been distributed to local and national charities in the past 9 years from this Rotary Club of Tamworth West fund raising initiative.

Contact: Neville Evans, Tamworth West Rotary, 0407 132 115

HMAS Tamworth Memorial


On the 10 July 2011 the Rotary Club of Tamworth West unveiled the anchor on its memorial to the HMAS Tamworth at Bicentennial Park.  This memorial commemorates the HMAS Tamworth and the people who served on her between 1942 and 1946 when she acted as an escort ship to the other naval ships carrying soldiers during the Second World War. The ship was named after our city of Tamworth and ended up in the Indonesian navy before being scuttled in 1968.  The Club was honoured to have the commemoration service attended by one of the original sailors (92 years of age) who was on the HMAS Tamworth when it was first commissioned.

Art Show


The Rotary Club of Tamworth West (RCTW) hosted 14 annual art shows from 2000 to 02 June 2014 to support the important work Royal Far West does caring for country kids.

Many children from Tamworth and surrounds are helped by Royal Far West each year and the support that the RCTW contributes helps to make important healthcare possible for so many country kids.  The art show has been historically held at the Tamworth Home Space Centre, 425 Goonoo Rd, Longyard. Entry is free and some of the artists generally appear during the course of the weekend to discuss works and personalise paintings.

When the show began there were about 15 children from Tamworth coming to Royal Far West for important healthcare each year. In 2011 Royal Far West cared for 144 children from the Tamworth electorate. This strong growth gives a good indication of how great demand is for the important healthcare Royal Far West offers country families.

Midnight Basketball


Midnight Basketball is a national social inclusion programme to help youth identify and embrace positive opportunities.  Dinner, compulsory life skills workshops and tournament basketball games are run in stadiums on Friday or Saturday nights from 7:30 pm till midnight followed by a bus home providing a safe and motivating environment.  It is open to youth aged 12 to 18 years.

RCTW in association with Joblink Plus provide the meals in Tamworth to assist with this community project.

Youth Insearch


Youth Insearch is a community organisation that coordinates weekend programs focused on resolving adolescent issues at a peer level for young people aged between 12-17 years.

It is a grass roots, early-intervention program, which works alongside welfare agencies, schools and local police to identify ‘at-risk’ youth that will benefit from the program. Its aim is to reduce crime, substance abuse, binge drinking and prevent suicide in young people, as well as enhance self-esteem and productivity through empowering youth.

A key to the success of the program is its peer to peer focus where youth who have graduated from the program return to assist and mentor the other young participants through their issues.

On the weekend programs the young people are encouraged to explore the challenges they face while meeting and discussing problems with young people who have found solutiuons to their issues.

RCTW are involved via current members Graeme Mills and Mal MacPherson who are dedicated Youth Insearch volunteers and provides annual donations toward this cause.

Community Services Project – Kent St driveway for Challenge

Challenge Disability Services is a community support services group established in 1958 that has grown to become one of the largest community support service groups catering for disabled people in NSW. Our community project in 2013, the construction of an all weather driveway and covered walkway for the Challenge facility in Kent St, opposite South Tamworth swimming pool is now officially finished (with the exception perhaps of some landscaping).

The finished project

The finished project

A big thankyou must go to all members who assisted with the completion of this project, but especially to Ron Carr and Peter Dillon who donated many hours of their time and resources to reach the goal.

Mission Heart Start – Donate a Battery to Jump Start a Heart –  September 2016 to September 2018

A community project involving use of recycled vehicle and equipment Batteries to generate funds to donate Automated External Defibrillators into the community.  Jump over to our Mission Heart Start dedicated Project Page to find out more:


Community Services Project – Gunnedah Road Rotary Park – 01 October 2016

Each Rotary Club in Tamworth has a responsibility to maintain one of the Rotary Parks in Tamworth.  The Gunnedah Road Park opposite the airport is a popular park and the first main rest stop on the travellors commute into Tamworth.  The park was looking a little bit tired and in need of some TLC so with the assistance of Tamworth Regional Council providing the materials, Rotary Club Tamworth West held a number of working bees culminating on 01 October 2016 to upgrade the gardens, repaint the tractor, remove graffiti from the toilet block, mulch the beds and put fresh soft fall on the playground area.  The end result was very satisfying and for travellors entering Tamworth the Park is much more appealing.

The finished product.

The finished product.

The Little Red Tractor back to its former glory (well almost)

The Little Red Tractor back to its former glory (well almost)

7 October 2017 – Rotary Club Tamworth West along with combined Rotary Clubs of Tamworth plant over 220 Trees at Chauvel Park. 

Rotary was out in force in Tamworth on 7 October 2017  planting over 220 trees at Chauvel Park on Waree Drive. Rotary in Tamworth is dedicated to helping protecting the environment and curbing climate change which is considered essential to Rotary’s goal of sustainable service in the community.

It was great to see representatives of the Tamworth Rotary Clubs along with local members of the community all out helping plant these trees this morning.

Then Rotary Club of Tamworth West President Simon Guest was instrumental in liaising with the Council to arrange the Mulch and the Trees for which Council met 50% of the cost, the balance being picked up by the combined Rotary Clubs of Tamworth.

RCTW Club President Simon Guest planting Trees at Chauvel Park

22 October 2017 – Restoration of the Gipps St Memorial on Avenue of Honour 

In October 2017 The Rotary Club of Tamworth West undertook a restoration project on the Gipps St Memorial on the Avenue of Honour in Tamworth.

The Gipps St Memorial was originally unveiled on Remembrance Day 1967 by the Tamworth RSL Sub-Branch and the then Minister for Repatriation, Senator GC McKellar. The Memorial was erected to attract greater recognition deserving of the Avenue of Honour.

The memorial was erected with an inscription that reads:

“This memorial is erected by the Tamworth Branch of the RSL in memory of those men and women of the Commonwealth who suffered and died for their country. LEST WE FORGET.
Unveiled and dedicated 11.11.1967”

In 2017, the 50th year of its existence, and with the blessing of the RSL, the Rotary Club of Tamworth West undertook a project to restore and rejuvenate and light the Memorial.

To celebrate the 50th year and the restoration the Club held an official Restoration Open Day and BBQ tat the Memorial at 12 pm on 11 November 2017.