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Pilbara 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 welcomed 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 Pilbara has been successful with seven organisations receiving a total of $31,147.”

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 Pilbara volunteer organisations:

  • Volunteer Marine Rescue Service Port Hedland - $5,000
    Funding to assist VMR senior skippers to obtain their Coxswain ticket. Volunteers will contribute about 120 hours of their own time to complete the course.
  • Karingal Neighbourhood Centre Paraburdoo - $4,547
    Transportable outdoor settings for volunteers and community activities and events.
  • Anglican Parish of Wickham - $5,000
    Fuel costs for volunteers visiting outlying towns and communities.
  • Wickham Community Projects Inc - $5,000
    Kitchen appliances for community kitchen where volunteers prepare meals for those who lack the skills and discipline to sustain good nutrition habits.
  • Pilbara Wildlife Carers Association - $5,000
    Computer equipment and fuel reimbursement for volunteers who have to travel extreme distances to pick up injured animals.
  • Onslow Sports Club - $1,600
    For a roller-sweeper to allow volunteer committee members to operate a high level maintenance program for the bowling green.
  • St John Ambulance – Newman - $5,000
    Ice machine to cool drinking water for patients and volunteers and small fuel reimbursement for volunteer ambulance officers.

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