Rotary Overseas Recycled Playgrounds

Rotary Overseas Recycled Playgrounds

Location/Club:  Flemington-Kensington, 9800, Victoria, Australia
Keywords: CIRCULAR ECONOMY, Recycled Playgrounds, AUSTRALIA, Victoria, 9800, Flemington-Kensington
Website Link : Website. Project Partners: 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



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 funOUR HOW

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.


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.