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. 


Riverina - 2017 Successful Volunteer Grant Recipients

Bland District Historical Society Incorporated


Bogan Gate Community Memorial Hall Inc.


Central West Astronomical Society


Collingullie Ashmont Kapooka Junior Australian Football Club Inc


Cootamundra Meals On Wheels Services Inc


Cowra Amateur Musical And Dramatic Society Incorporated


Cowra Show Society Inc


Darlene Lamb


Dorothy Noakes


Eurongilly District Hall Inc


Forbes and District Historic Machinery Association Inc


Forbes And District Meals On Wheels Association Incorporated


Forbes Bland Home Modification & Maintenance Service Inc


Forbes Community Mens Shed Inc


Forbes Eisteddfod Incorporated


Forbes Handicraft Centre Inc


Forbes High School P&C Association


Forbes North Public School Parents & Citizens Association


Forbes Rugby League Football Club Inc


Forbes Town & District Band Incorporated


Forbes Wiradjuri Dreaming Centre Indigenous Corporation


Friends of Athenium Theatre & Cultural Centre Incorporated


Ganmain Grong Grong Matong Junior Football Club Inc


Gundagai/Adelong Junior Rugby League Incorporated


Illabo Show Society Inc


Illabo Sporting Bodies Incorporated


Jenny Hill


Junee High School Parents & Citizens Association


Lachlan Valley Community Radio Inc.




Lions Club of Lockhart Incorporated


Lockhart & District Little Athletics Centre Incorporated


Melissa Brown


Mirrool Creek Landcare Inc


Osborne Netball Club Incorporated


Parkes Memorial Hill Rejuvenation Incorporated


Parkes Shire Concert Band Incorporated


Parkes Shire Food Service Incorporated


Parkes Tennis Club Incorporated


Peak Hill Art Gallery Incorporated


Peter Oste


PHFM 88.00 FM Incorporated


Rachel Taylor


Red Bend Junior Rugby League Incorporated


Riding For The Disabled (NSW) Young Centre


Riverina Schoolboy Rugby League Football Carnival Inc


Rotary Club Of South Wagga Wagga (Inc)


Sarah Hazell


Sylvia White


Tarcutta Memorial Hall


Temora Town Band Incorporated


The Forbes Sports And Recreation Club Limited


The Trustee For Calare Recreation Reserve Trust


The Trustee For Garema Public Hall And Public Recreation Reserve Trust


The Wired Lab Ltd


Trundle Abba Festival Incorporated


Trundle Men's Shed


Trundle War Memorial School Of Arts Inc


West Wyalong Basketball Association Incorporated


Wirrinya Progress And Sports Association Incorporated


Yoorana Gunya Family Healing Centre Aboriginal Corporation


Young And District Family History Group Incorporated


Young Pony Club Incorporated



Dom Hopkinson