Funding boost for local volunteers this National Volunteer Week

The Morrison Government will provide a funding injection for 20 local community groups and organisations inCapricornia to support the work of local volunteers.

Minister for Families and Social Services Anne Ruston said the funding would go a long way to support organisations and their volunteers through what has been a tough year.

“The bushfires had a devastating impact on many of our people and communities across the country and we are now living through a global pandemic,” Minister Ruston said.

“Volunteers freely give their time and skills to support others and will play a key role in communities over the next few months. This funding recognises the sacrifices they make to help deliver vital services to those who need it most.”

Member for Capricornia Michelle Landry said organisations like Clermont Meals on Wheels, Cockscomb Veterans Bush Retreat and Rockhampton Food Bank would receive a grant to support the work of their volunteers.

“This funding will be used to help vulnerable members of the community in their time of need, amongst a great deal of other purposes,” Ms Landry said.

“While the work of our volunteers may be unpaid it is not unrecognised. From fighting bushfires, delivering food to vulnerable Australians in isolation and helping out with the weekend sport, they are all local champions.”

“Their contribution is vital to ensuring that we continue to support families, provide employment pathways for young people and strengthen community resilience.”

Ms Landry said the funding injection coincides with National Volunteer Week being celebrated this week. 

“It’s vital we acknowledge the important contribution of our local volunteers in Central Queensland.”

Nationally, volunteering has an estimated annual economic and social contribution of $290 billion.

The awarded grants are between $1,000 and $5,000. National Volunteer Week runs from 18-24 May. You can get involved in the online activities by visiting the Volunteering Australia website.

Full List of Successful Applicants:

OrganisationFunding Received
Clermont Meals on Wheels$2,000
Cockscomb Veterans Bush Retreat$5,000
Dads Army C/- Rockhampton Golf Club$1,000
Dows Creek Hall Committee$1,770
Mackay Hurricanes Cricket Club$1,500
Maryvale Rural Fire Brigade$4,780
Nankin Rural Fire Brigade$4,800
Pink Robin Project Inc.$2,400
Pioneer Valley Agricultural Show Society Inc.$1,600
RFDS Rockhampton Volunteer Auxiliary$2,500
Rock FM Association Inc.$4,470
Rockhampton Australian South Sea Islander Community Association Inc.$4,350
Rockhampton Food Bank$5,000
Rossmoya Rural Fire Brigade$5,000
Sailability Capricornia Inc$2,000
Sarina Junior Rugby League Football Club Inc$3,000
The Australian Volunteer Coast Guard Association Inc$2,500
The Caves Rural Fire Brigade$3,500
The Scout Association of Australia Queensland Branch Inc.$2,500
Yeppoon Men’s Shed Ltd.$3,490

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