Keith Pitt thanks Hervey Bay volunteers

Sunday, 12 June 2016

Federal Member for Hinkler Keith Pitt has congratulated Hervey Bay organisations which were successful under the Volunteer Grants program.

“I’m pleased that 47 local organisations in Hinkler have been successful under Volunteer Grants and will share in $177,480 from the Coalition Government that will be used to deliver services and strengthen the local community,” he said.

Mr Pitt held a morning tea at the Hervey Bay Neighbourhood Centre to present the groups with certificates.

“Volunteers play a critical role in helping shape Australia and building stronger and more resilient communities.

“Their generosity permeates almost every aspect of Australian society, whether it be helping out local sporting clubs or land care groups, assisting our most disadvantaged, or helping recover from natural disasters.”

The grants of between $1,000 and $5,000 are designed to help not‑for‑profit community organisations support their volunteers and deliver services through the purchase of small equipment items – such as computers – reimbursement for volunteers’ fuel and transport costs or to offset the costs of training and background screening checks.

The Volunteers Grants Program is a $20 million Coalition Government initiative designed to recognise the valuable work undertaken by volunteers in local communities across Australia.  

Further information on the Volunteers Grants Program head to: https://www.dss.gov.au/grants.  

Successful organisations in the HERVEY BAY region:      

Bay Bullets Netball Club Inc.                                                                            $4,428

Community and Neighbourhood Support Service Inc.                                     $5,000

Condy Park Preschool & Kindergarten Assoc. Inc.                                          $2,617

District 201Q4 of the International Association of Lions Club Inc.                    $1,540

Fraser Coast Swimming Club Inc                                                                     $4,995

Guides Queensland. Burrum Heads District                                                      $2,704

Hervey Bay Historical Society Museum Association Inc.                                  $4,826

Hervey Bay Hockey Association Inc.                                                                 $4,040

Hervey Bay Rural Fire Brigades Group                                                              $4,997

Hervey Bay Surf Life Saving Club Inc.                                                                $3,262

Riding for the Disabled Association Hervey Bay Inc.                                          $3,200

SVDP – Wide Bay/Burnett Regional Council                                                       $4,867

The Purple Bucket Foundation Inc                                                                      $5,000

Volunteer Marine Rescue Hervey Bay Inc                                                           $3,000

WE CARE 2 INC.                                                                                                 $5,000

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