Posted by PDG Philip Archer on Jan 19, 2023


Reflect what our First Nations people have done in keeping our lands in pristine condition for 60,000+ years.  Respect how the First Nations people achieved this, and celebrate the multi-cultural Australia we are. We are in this together! 

Speakers include: Thomas Mayo, a Kaurareg Aboriginal and Kalkalgal, Erubamle Torres Strait Islander man and the National Indigenous Officer of the MUA; Costa Georgiadis, presenter of Gardening Australia; and Professor Patrick McGorry,  youth mental health advocate. 


Thomas Mayo is a signatory of the Uluru Statement from the Heart and has been a leading advocate since its inception in May 2017. Chairperson of the Northern Territory Indigenous Labor Network, Thomas advises the Diversity Council of Australia and the From the Heart campaign, is an executive member of the Northern Territory Trades and Labour Council and has authored four books, and numerous articles and essays published in The Guardian, Griffith Review and Sydney Morning Herald. 

Costa Georgiadis is a Silver Logie winner. A landscape architect, environmental educator and television presenter, Costa has an absolute love for plants and people, which is evident in every project he touches and every presentation he makes. Costa’s charm, charisma and passion make him a particularly appealing public speaker who has a gift for making his important messages engaging and highly entertaining. 

Professor Patrick McGorry, AO MD PHD FRCP FRANZCP FAA FASSA FAHMS, is a leading international researcher, clinician. He is Executive Director of Orygen Youth Health (OYH), a world-renowned mental health organisation for young people that has put Australia at the forefront of innovation in the prevention and treatment of mental illness. He is also Professor of Youth Mental Health, Centre for Youth Mental Health, University of Melbourne. 

You will also hear from Rotarians: 

  • Maurie Stack, Chair Rotary Foundation Australia speaking on 'Rotary Foundation Australia in 2023

  • Tim Moore, Chair, Rotary Regionalisation - Implementation Taskforce speaking on 'Regionalisation ... the Opportunities

  • Amanda Wendt, District Governor, Rotary International District 9800 speaking on 'Imagine Rotary' 

  • Mikaela Stafrace, Chair, WomenCAN speaking on 'All you need to know about our great organisation - Rotary

  • Aviv Palti, President, Rotary Passport Club of Melbourne speaking on 'Creating Future Leaders

Renowned Soprano, Alison Jones, will also be performing.  Alison has been a freelance principal opera artist for over 25 years, working in Australia, Europe, USA, and South Africa.  Highlights of her career include performing for the Governess to Philip Langridge’s Quint in Britten’s Turn of The Screw and singing at Elton John’s birthday party! 

Date: Thursday 26 January 2023 12:00 PM - 1:15 PM (UTC+11) Bookings: