Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O'Brien is recognising the valuable work of volunteers, with almost $58,000 in grants for Wide Bay community groups.
Grants of between $1,000 and $5,000 will be provided through a $20 million Volunteer Grants program to help 34 local community organisations with needs including buying equipment, paying fuel costs, and training volunteers.
Some of the organisations in Wide Bay receiving grants today are;
- Chatsworth Hall Committee Inc - $2,865 for a storage system for historical records.
- Lions Club of Gympie - $2,000 for volunteer transport costs.
- Pomona Majestic Theatre - $4,876 for office equipment, transport and training costs.
- Pomona Meals On Wheels - $5,000 to assist volunteers with fuel costs.
- Pomona and District Community House - $4,924 towards security cameras, office and gardening equipment and a refrigerator.
- Cooran Hall - $5,000 for an energy-efficient LED stage lighting system.
"Wide Bay simply would not be the same without volunteers, who are the lifeblood of our communities and deliver important services, support and assistance," Mr O'Brien said.
"The energy, expertise and time our volunteers give represents what Australian communities are all about – offering a helping hand.
"I am glad to be able to extend a helping hand in return with this funding from the Coalition Government so they can continue their work and build a stronger, safer community."
Mr O'Brien said volunteering also had a significant economic benefit to local communities.
"The enormous value of volunteering is estimated at $290 billion per year. Australia's 8.7 million volunteers and their organisations are the backbone of community life," he said.
"The Morrison Government's strong economic management is why we can afford to provide the essential services Australians rely on and support the good work of our volunteers."