Riverina and Central West volunteers receive funding for their valuable work

Almost 70 community and volunteer groups in the Riverina and Central West are to share in and benefit from $10 million in grants recently announced by the Australian Government to support the nearly 100,000 volunteers in Australia.

 Federal Member for Riverina and Minister for Small Business Michael McCormack has welcomed the funding as an investment in volunteers and small community organisations who deliver vital support services and assistance to the young, the elderly and so many of our most vulnerable citizens. 

“The grants provided range from $1,000 to $5,000 and enable local organisations to better support their volunteers by purchasing much-needed equipment, training and transport,” Mr McCormack said. 

“I’m so pleased these Volunteer Grants will assist a wide range of groups across the electorate, including funding of $4,270 for the Junee High School Parents and Friends for the purchase of whitegoods and kitchen equipment, $4,000 for the Trundle War Memorial School of Arts to purchase furniture and indoor appliances, $2,000 for Mirrool Creek Landcare to purchase computer equipment and $1,354 for electronic equipment to support the Cowra Amateur Musical and Dramatic Society. 

“These Volunteer Grants will give a much-needed financial boost to organisations from sporting and service clubs, educational and social organisations to advocacy and cultural groups and while these amounts of funding may seem small, I know they have a significant impact on the ability of volunteer groups to be able to undertake the invaluable work they do in our communities. 

“While I haven’t had the opportunity to meet and thank all of the volunteers in the Riverina and Central West, I was pleased at the conclusion of National Volunteers Week to meet with volunteers in Lockhart for a community barbecue to say thank you for their efforts, for the countless hours of time and labour they offer in the service of others, to give a helping hand and make our towns and villages such wonderful places to live. 

“Congratulations to all groups who will receive funding as part of the Volunteer Grants program and may they continue to be supported by government and the community so they can continue their valuable work.” 

A full list of successful grant recipients in the Riverina and Central West is attached and more information about the Volunteer Grants program can be obtained by visiting: www.dss.gov.au/volunteer-grants or by contacting Mr McCormack’s electorate office. 

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Riverina - 2017 Successful Volunteer Grant Recipients

Bland District Historical Society Incorporated

$2,162

Bogan Gate Community Memorial Hall Inc.

$1,086

Central West Astronomical Society

$3,157

Collingullie Ashmont Kapooka Junior Australian Football Club Inc

$4,500

Cootamundra Meals On Wheels Services Inc

$5,000

Cowra Amateur Musical And Dramatic Society Incorporated

$1,354

Cowra Show Society Inc

$5,000

Darlene Lamb

$2,000

Dorothy Noakes

$5,000

Eurongilly District Hall Inc

$5,000

Forbes and District Historic Machinery Association Inc

$4,406

Forbes And District Meals On Wheels Association Incorporated

$5,000

Forbes Bland Home Modification & Maintenance Service Inc

$5,000

Forbes Community Mens Shed Inc

$5,000

Forbes Eisteddfod Incorporated

$1,200

Forbes Handicraft Centre Inc

$4,999

Forbes High School P&C Association

$5,000

Forbes North Public School Parents & Citizens Association

$5,000

Forbes Rugby League Football Club Inc

$5,000

Forbes Town & District Band Incorporated

$5,000

Forbes Wiradjuri Dreaming Centre Indigenous Corporation

$5,000

Friends of Athenium Theatre & Cultural Centre Incorporated

$4,277

Ganmain Grong Grong Matong Junior Football Club Inc

$2,450

Gundagai/Adelong Junior Rugby League Incorporated

$3,000

Illabo Show Society Inc

$4,000

Illabo Sporting Bodies Incorporated

$4,702

Jenny Hill

$2,000

Junee High School Parents & Citizens Association

$4,270

Lachlan Valley Community Radio Inc.

$5,000

LindaHoey

$4,240

Lions Club of Lockhart Incorporated

$1,250

Lockhart & District Little Athletics Centre Incorporated

$1,642

Melissa Brown

$2,400

Mirrool Creek Landcare Inc

$2,000

Osborne Netball Club Incorporated

$2,698

Parkes Memorial Hill Rejuvenation Incorporated

$5,000

Parkes Shire Concert Band Incorporated

$4,800

Parkes Shire Food Service Incorporated

$5,000

Parkes Tennis Club Incorporated

$2,398

Peak Hill Art Gallery Incorporated

$5,000

Peter Oste

$4,389

PHFM 88.00 FM Incorporated

$4,200

Rachel Taylor

$5,000

Red Bend Junior Rugby League Incorporated

$5,000

Riding For The Disabled (NSW) Young Centre

$4,500

Riverina Schoolboy Rugby League Football Carnival Inc

$1,500

Rotary Club Of South Wagga Wagga (Inc)

$4,880

Sarah Hazell

$2,000

Sylvia White

$1,500

Tarcutta Memorial Hall

$5,000

Temora Town Band Incorporated

$3,839

The Forbes Sports And Recreation Club Limited

$5,000

The Trustee For Calare Recreation Reserve Trust

$5,000

The Trustee For Garema Public Hall And Public Recreation Reserve Trust

$4,668

The Wired Lab Ltd

$3,500

Trundle Abba Festival Incorporated

$2,500

Trundle Men's Shed

$2,900

Trundle War Memorial School Of Arts Inc

$4,000

West Wyalong Basketball Association Incorporated

$3,000

Wirrinya Progress And Sports Association Incorporated

$4,599

Yoorana Gunya Family Healing Centre Aboriginal Corporation

$4,950

Young And District Family History Group Incorporated

$1,574

Young Pony Club Incorporated

$2,000

 

Dom Hopkinson