Media Release by The Hon Julie Collins MP

Helping those who help others in Tasmania

Local community organisations in Tasmania are among 4,800 across Australia to benefit from the Australian Government’s $16 million Volunteer Grants 2012 initiative.

The Minister for Community Services, Julie Collins, today visited Sailability Tasmania in Sandy Bay, Hobart, to announce the grants, which will deliver much-needed support to local volunteers.

“Across Tasmania,135 organisations will share in over $436,000 to support the work of their volunteers,” Ms Collins said.

“The Volunteer Grants will support a range of local groups such as Meals on Wheels, Men’s Sheds, Lions Clubs, Rotary, the Country Women’s Association, Riding for the Disabled and Girl Guides.

“The grants range between $1,000 and $5,000 and organisations can use the funds according to their own priorities.

“They can choose to assist their volunteers directly, such as with fuel and transport costs, or use the funds to purchase much-needed equipment for their organisations.

“For example, St Vincent de Paul Society Tasmania is receiving $1,480 to purchase a freezer and kitchen equipment and Huonville Fire Brigade will buy a range of items including a generator, bookcase and shade shelter with its $5,000 grant.

“Volunteers are at the heart of our community organisations, helping individuals and communities to develop and thrive,” Ms Collins said.

“They give their time, energy and expertise freely with little or no expectation of reward and contribute around $14.6 billion to the not-for-profit sector each year.

“Across the country, more than 166,000 volunteers will benefit from the Volunteer Grants,” Ms Collins said.

To find out more about Volunteer Grants 2012 visit or call 1800 183 374.