Midwest Gascoyne volunteer organisations get helping hand
May 2, 2019
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.
Federal Member for Durack Melissa Price welcomes the Australian Government’s funding for the Volunteer Grants 2019, to support and encourage volunteering in local communities.
“Around 5,000 community organisations around the nation will benefit from this funding, supporting more than 280,000 volunteers, and I am pleased that 36 Durack organisations have been successful with a total of $145,690 under these Volunteer Grants,” she said.
“The Midwest and Gascoyne has fared very well with 16 organisations receiving a total of $59,078.45.”
The successful organisations will receive grants of between $1,000 and $5,000 to purchase small equipment items, contribute towards the cost of training courses and background checks, and to help to reimburse volunteers for the cost of their fuel or transport.
Successful Midwest and Gascoyne volunteer organisations:
- Canover Volunteer Fire Brigade (Jurien Bay) - $4,988.72
Storage space for safety equipment along with personal hanging space for PPE volunteer safety uniforms for autonomous State Emergency Service unit in Jurien Bay.
Warwick Gibbons, Brigade Captain of the Canover Volunteer Fire Brigade said it was much appreciated, and he looked forward to using the money to progress the project.
“You have no idea how much this will mean to the operations for the ‘Satellite’ Eneabba SES base we are setting up in Jurien Bay,” he said. “Please do pass on our sincere appreciation to Melissa Price and Staff.”
- Horrocks Community Centre - $3,800
Will fund a computer for data storage and projector and screen to help with running volunteering programs.
Michelle from the community centre said Horrocks is a very active community with lots of volunteers and this is a great outcome. The community centre was funded under Royalties for Regions.
- Geraldton Tennis Club - $1,000
The funding will help the club promote and develop programs and events for members and the community. President of Geraldton Tennis Club George Guidice said the club was very pleased. This comes on the back of $11,445 under Round 2 of the Community Sport Infrastructure Grants Program for new solar panels at the club.
- Geraldton Surf Life Saving Club - $5,000
For a variety of uses including computer and office equipment to take some of the pressure off volunteers who do most of the work and printing using their own equipment at their own homes and at their own cost. GSLC President Blair Walkington said getting this funding was excellent. GSLC also received funding in the Round 2 Community Sport Infrastructure Grants Program for balcony repair work.
- 11th Battalion Living History Unit Inc - $3,700
A defibrillator for the unit’s volunteers and visitors and a tractor mower to keep the area tidy.
- Geraldton Croquet Club Inc - $4,450
Shade and shelter. Local schools attend the club on a regular basis and many volunteer hours are required to show students the basics of the game.
- Geraldton Netball Association - $3,000
Updating computer system for more digital use for volunteers who do not have facilities at home.
- Riding for the Disabled Association of WA Midwest Group Inc - $2,100
Fuel vouchers for volunteers who bring the ponies to the riding sessions; ongoing training costs for accredited volunteer trainers; first aid and safety items for volunteers.
- Shark Bay Bowling, Sport and Recreation Club Inc - $5,000
Upgrade kitchen facilities for volunteers who operate the kitchen as an important income stream for the club.
- Exmouth Community Garden Inc - $2,960
Gardening tools for volunteer gardeners.
- Exmouth Toy Library Inc - $2,811.53
Vacuum cleaner, computer and storage equipment for volunteers’ use
- Exmouth Gymnastic Club Inc - $4,958.20
An iPad for administrative duties; storage; equipment; and volunteer training costs.
- ABC Foundation (Carnarvon) - $1,110
Fuel costs for volunteers transporting students to and from school; background checks for new volunteers.
- Carnarvon RoadWise Committee - $5,000
Equipment for Road Safety Trailer for road safety awareness and education at community events/festivals.
- Carnarvon Volunteer Sea Rescue Group Inc - $4,200
Computer upgrade to be able to run search and rescue monitoring program; equipment for operations room for volunteers during emergencies and long searches.
- Snag Island Community Garden - $5,000
Laptop for central collection of data instead of volunteers using their own devices to record and store information; fuel reimbursement for volunteers travelling more than 500kms each month to collect food for Food Co-op (Food Bank).