It’s been a tough year for community groups and sporting clubs across the Moreton Bay Region, but a Federal funding boost aims to make things a bit easier.
In supporting the work of volunteers, during National Volunteer Week, the government has announced grants for 19 community groups and organisations in the Petrie electorate.
Families and Social Services Minister Anne Ruston says the funding will go a long way to support organisations and their volunteers through what has been a difficult 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 explains.
“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.”
Federal Member for Petrie Luke Howarth says he’s pleased to have secured $65,000 for his electorate and its volunteer groups.
“While the work of our volunteers may be unpaid it is not unrecognised,” Mr Howarth says.
“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 Howarth says 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 Petrie electorate,” he says.
Nationally, volunteering has an estimated annual economic and social contribution of $290 billion.