Recognising the vital work of volunteers in Hervey Bay

Sunday, 14 April 2019

Volunteering touches all aspects of local communities, whether it be helping out with sporting teams and land care groups, responding to natural disasters and emergencies, or helping charities support some of our most disadvantaged people.

Federal Member for Hinkler Keith Pitt is today congratulating organisations in the Hervey Bay region which were successful under the $20 million Volunteer Grants program.

“It’s great to see that 40 local organisations across the Hinkler electorate will share in $143,833 to purchase equipment, pay fuel or transport costs and train volunteers,” Mr Pitt said.

“Organisations like the Toogoom & District Community Association, St Vincent de Paul and Hervey Bay Girl Guide are an important part of the community and the work of their volunteers needs to be recognised.

“The enormous value of volunteering is estimated at $290 billion per year and Australia’s 8.7 million volunteers and their organisations are the backbone of community life.

“Volunteering comes in all shapes and sizes – from a casual ‘yes I’ll help at the local fete” through to a regular gig with the many community organisations who work tirelessly to help those in need.

“Volunteers play a critical role in our local communities and I want to extend my thanks to them for their tireless work.”

Mr Pitt hosted a morning tea to thank the volunteers and present certificates to the community organisations.

Successful organisations in the HERVEY BAY region:

Burrum District Community Centre $1,700

Fraser Coast Rugby Union Club $2,200

Toogoom & District Community Association $2,027

Bayside Transformations $5,000

Australian Air League Urangan $2,550

Hervey Bay Historical Society Museum $4,806

Hervey Bay Girl Guides $4,100

Burrum District Community Men’s Shed $2,106

St Vincent de Paul Hervey Bay $2,500

Christian Youth Camps, Pialba $5,000

Veterans of Australia Association $5,000

Volunteer Marine Rescue Hervey Bay $4,980

Zephyr Street Performing Arts Community Theatre $1,500

Torbanlea Primary P&C Association $2,192

Hervey Bay Surf Life Saving Club $4,249.31

Fraser Coast Lions $1,695

Fraser Coast Bicycle Users Group $5,000

River Heads Progress Association $4,000

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