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:
|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|