Two Noosa organisations are among 34 community groups in Wide Bay to receive a share of almost $64,000 in grants to honour volunteers, Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O'Brien announced today.
Grants of between $1,000 and $5,000 will be provided through a $20 million Volunteer Grants program to help community organisations with needs including buying equipment, commercial equipment and training volunteers.
Noosa Heads Surf Life Saving Club will receive $5,000.00 towards outdoor chairs and tables for volunteer Lifesavers and Nipper Program volunteers at Peregian Beach.
"The work of volunteer lifesavers is immensely important to help keep people safe at Peregian Beach," Mr O'Brien said.
"Last season these volunteers performed first aid on more than 100 people, took part in 437 preventative actions and carried out seven rescues between September and May alone, and this funding is a way of saying thank you for their efforts."
The Tewantin-Noosa Cricket Club will receive $2,500.00 to provide volunteers with coaching training in cricket, which will encourage more people to take up coaching opportunities.
"Sporting clubs like Tewantin-Noosa Cricket Club are an integral part of Wide Bay communities, and they provide valued opportunities for people of all ages to get active, participate in team sports and enjoy a sociable activity," Mr O'Brien said.
"These organisations are invaluable to the Noosa community and they simply could not operate without the assistance of volunteers.
"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."