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Kimberley volunteer organisations get helping hand

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 Kimberley did very well with nine organisations receiving a total of $42,045.97.”

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 Kimberley volunteer organisations:

  • Kimberley Animals Nature and Education Inc - $5,000
    Gardening equipment and safety clothing for spraying to eradicate the Kimberley’s number one weed – the Neem tree; and website to allow a broader volunteer recruitment strategy.
  • Broome Visitor Centre - $4,500
    Volunteer training and uniforms
  • Broome Sailing Club Inc - $5,000
    Replacement hull for safety boat.
  • Feed the Little Children Inc - $3,000
    Kitchen equipment and funding for Working with Children cards for volunteers.
  • Broome North Primary School Parents and Citizens Association Inc - $5,000
    Shade marquees for volunteers to use at community fundraising events and light pole assemblies.
    Belinda from the P&C said the association “is so happy.”
    “It’s so good, we work hard to get these little grants,” she said, “it will make life so much easier.”
  • Tramulla Strong Women’s Group (Kalumburu Local Drug Action Group) - $5,000
    Basic office supplies to promote the activities of this peer support group.
  • Kununurra Playgroup Inc - $5,000
    Storage cages and boxes to ease and improve set up times and improve volunteer safety.
  • Ord Valley Events - $4,570
    Branded gazebo for volunteer coordinator, cash register to replace manual handling of sales and receipts.
  • St Joseph’s Parents and Friends Committee (Kununurra) - $4,975.97
    For projector and screen and laptop to increase the diversity of P&F volunteers. Principal of St Joseph’s School Tim Hogan said “this is exciting; it will be a huge help, especially for our major fundraiser, St Patrick’s Day, each year - and other fundraisers - it will mean we won’t have to beg and borrow equipment such as a screen and laptops.”

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