May 20, 2020

The Morrison Government will provide a funding injection for twenty-five local community groups and organisations across Wannon to support the work of local volunteers.

Member for Wannon, Dan Tehan said “he was delighted to be able to support the volunteer groups across Wannon with these grants. Volunteers are the lifeblood of our community, and by continuing to help each other and work together, we are building a stronger and safer Wannon”.

“This funding will be used to buy small equipment for volunteers or the reimbursement of volunteer fuel, transport or training costs”, Mr Tehan said.

Minister for Families and Social Services Anne Ruston said the funding would go a long way to support organisations and their volunteers through what has been a tough year.

“The bushfires had a devastating impact on many of our people and communities across the country and we are now living through a global pandemic,” Minister Ruston said.

“Volunteers freely give their time and skills to support others and will play a key role in communities over the next few months. This funding recognises the sacrifices they make to help deliver vital services to those who need it most.”

“While the work of our volunteers may be unpaid it is not unrecognised. From fighting bushfires, delivering food to vulnerable Australians in isolation and helping out with the weekend sport, they are all local champions.”

“Their contribution is vital to ensuring that we continue to support families, provide employment pathways for young people and strengthen community resilience.”

Mr Tehan said the funding injection coincides with National Volunteer Week being celebrated this week.

“It’s vital we acknowledge the important contribution of our local volunteers in the electorate of Wannon.

Nationally, volunteering has an estimated annual economic and social contribution of $290 billion.

The awarded grants are between $1,000 and $5,000. National Volunteer Week runs from 18-24 May. You can get involved in the online activities by visiting the Volunteering Australia website.

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