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Pres. Mike Hallen    Published: Tuesday, 12 April 2016

Scott gets his new deck

“I’d just like to say thank you to everyone at Rotary for the fantastic deck that they’ve built for us,” said Scott Green at a recent event at Castle Hill Rotary Club to thank all those who had assisted in the provision of funds, material and labour to construct a new deck at his house in Baulkham Hills.

Scott has a deteriorating condition, duchene muscular dystrophy, and is confined to a wheelchair. He is an inspiration to all who know him and was unable to gain access to his garden and pool without significant inconvenience.

The need for a new deck to enable Scott to have access to his outdoor activities again was brought to the attention of the Rotary Club of Castle Hill by John Given from the Rotary Club of Sydney. John was alerted to the requirement through his involvement in the NSW Policeman of the Year awards where he met Scott and his family. Scott’s dad, Phil Green, is a Sergeant in the NSW Police Force.

The Community Service Director of the Rotary Club of Castle Hill, Mike Blair, who is also a builder, accepted the challenge on behalf of the members and after discussions with the Green family a design solution was agreed and Mike set to work seeking materials at prices we could only imagine. His contacts produced all the material and with a donation of $2000 from the Rotary Club of Sydney, work commenced in January 2016 – just in time for a heatwave. The suppliers included:

  • Stockwell Building Supplies- Timber.
  • Baulkham Hills Mitre 10- Concrete
  • Miami Stainless Steel. Burleigh Heads, Queensland- Stainless Steel Balustrade.

Over  a few weeks of hard toil by Mike, his fellow members and Phil Green the deck began to take shape. In the process a few Rotarians learnt a thing or two about timber deck construction!

The final piece of the puzzle was the installation of the stainless steel guard wires and on Wednesday 16th March, 2016 the job was complete as the photos will testify.

As Scott said, “Not only is my backyard more accessible, I now also feel included in all the outdoor activities as I can sit outside and supervise from above.”

Scott cut the ribbon in a “formal” opening ceremony on 8th April 2016 at 4:30pm.