Keith Pitt thanks volunteers for important role they play

Thursday, 16 June 2016

Federal Member for Hinkler Keith Pitt has congratulated Bundaberg 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 QCWA Hall in Bundaberg 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 BUNDABERG region:

Across the Waves Bocce Club                                                                                             $4,379

Across the Waves Rugby League Football Club Inc                                                            $2,818

Across the Waves Softball Club (Bundaberg) Inc                                                                 $2,800

Australian Air League – Bundaberg Squadron                                                                      $4,830

Bargara District Branch Little Athletics Centre Inc                                                               $5,000

Bundaberg & District Neighbourhood Centre Inc                                                                 $3,697

Bundaberg Aboriginal Corporation for Women                                                                   $3,370

Bundaberg Basketball Inc.                                                                                                    $4,941

Bundaberg Cricket Association Incorporation                                                                      $4,500

Bundaberg District Toy Library for Children with Special Needs Incorporated                     $5,000

Bundaberg Lions Club Inc                                                                                                   $5,000

Bundaberg Pain Support Group                                                                                         $3,925

Bundaberg Past Brothers Rugby League Football Assc Inc.                                            $4,700

Bundaberg Railway Historical Society Inc.                                                                         $1,238

Bundaberg Western Suburbs Netball Club Inc                                                                  $1,400

BUSHkids Bundaberg Centre                                                                                            $2,160

Coral Coast Community Care Inc                                                                                        $2,100

Coral Coast Community Care Inc                                                                                       $2,000

Global Care – Australia. the overarching body for Global Care Bundaberg                         $4,857

Guides Queensland – Elouera Campsite Committee                                                         $4,000

Guides Queensland – Hinkler District                                                                                $3,000

Isis District Historical Society Inc.                                                                                     $3,115

Northern Districts Referees Association Inc.                                                                    $4,200

OL MERI WANTOK – BUNDABERG INC                                                                         $4,170

Oldies Angels Inc.                                                                                                             $4,495

Special Olympics Bundaberg                                                                                           $2,798

St John Ambulance Australia (Qld) – Bundaberg Division                                                 $3,556

Teen Angels                                                                                                                      $4,653

Wide Bay Capricorn Branch Inc                                                                                         $4,143

Wide Bay Cricket Inc                                                                                                          $3,000

YMCA Junior Cricket                                                                                                          $4,600

Zonta Cub of Bundaberg Inc                                                                                              $3,559