Continuing to support Rovers for an adventure…

We are pleased to announce the introduction of a new annual award, made possible by a very generous benefactor, and to be known as the “Warawara Award

Tony Balthasar was Rover Adviser at 1st East Roseville during the 1960s, when Dick Smith was a member of that Crew. Tony passed away in 1979 and some years later, Dick donated a generous sum to create the Tony Balthasar Achievement Award fund. Its intent was to provide the sort of adventurous opportunities for a Rover that Tony assisted with and encouraged during his time at 1st East Roseville. In 2021 after 36 years, and a total of 27 Rover adventures, the fund was finally exhausted. Therefore, no more Balthasar Award. Details of many of the adventures undertaken can be seen here.

Over the past two years, the Sydney North Region Rover Council has been investigating options to establish a new award that will enable an adventurous activity for an individual or group of Rovers, within Australia or overseas.

The Warawara Award is named for a word in the local Dharug language that means “far away”. It is the RRC’s hope that this award will be a worthy successor to the Balthasar, and continue to provide opportunities for Sydney North Rovers to go explore the world and undertake adventurous expeditions.

The Warawara Award application form is available at

Valued at up to around $5,000, all Rovers in Sydney North are encouraged to consider this fantastic opportunity, unique to our Region. Please note applications must be endorsed by the Crew/s from which the applicants are from by way of a specially held Crew meeting and for 2023 must be received by the RRC before the RRC AGM on Sunday 26th March.

For any queries, please reach out to Daniel Hose (RRC Chair), Nick Buchner (RC-Rovers), or Elyse Versace (Asst RC-Rovers).