Five Noosa volunteer organisations will be supported with a share of more than $16,000 in Australian Government funding, Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O'Brien announced today.
"Volunteers are the beating heart of our communities, and Noosa and its hinterland areas simply would not be the same without the energy, expertise and time they generously give," Mr O'Brien said.
"This week marks National Volunteers Week, and I am glad to be able to give back to our volunteers in return with this funding from the Coalition Government so they can continue their work and build stronger, safer Noosa communities."
The grants awarded are between $1,000 and $5,000, and will enable organisations in Wide Bay to better support their volunteers to purchase small equipment, pay fuel, transport and training costs, as part of the $9 million national Volunteers Grants Program.
"This funding will provide Pomona District Meals on Wheels with $4,310 for fuel and travel costs so their volunteers can continue to provide their incredibly valuable service; and Pomona and District Community House which will receive $1000 for computer training," Mr O'Brien said.
"The grants will also help sporting organisations like Noosa District Rugby League Football Club, which will receive $3,200 for electronic equipment so they can keep up the good work coaching kids; and Noosa FM which will receive $4,320 to update its studio microphones; and Noosa Shire Arts and Crafts Association which will receive $4,310 for a defibrillator that could save lives, and will also cover the cost of office equipment.
"Wide Bay communities have been significantly affected by the longstanding drought; the bushfires late last year, and now the challenges posed by COVID-19, and volunteers were there at each step of the way to lend a helping hand," Mr O'Brien said.
"This funding will go a long way to ensuring volunteers are able to continue their important work in the community. Their contribution is vital to ensuring that we can continue to support families and seniors, provide employment pathways for young people, as well as sporting opportunities and strengthening community resilience.
"I thank all volunteers everywhere for the work they do, and I congratulate the organisations on the success of their applications," Mr O'Brien said.
National Volunteer Week runs from 18-24 May and is run by Volunteering Australia. You can get involved in the online activities by visiting the Volunteering Australia www.volunteeringaustralia.org/update-on-national-volunteer-week-2020/#/.