Media Release by The Hon Jenny Macklin MP

NT volunteering organisations share in $146,00

Almost 50 community organisations in the Northern Territory will receive more than $146,000 in Australian Government Volunteer Grants.

This funding is part of the $21 million in Volunteers Grants which will go to more than 7,200 community organisations across the country.

Under the program, grants of between $1,000 and $5,000 are provided to non-profit organisations.

Volunteers are the backbone of so many of our community groups and the non-profit sector.

Every day volunteers are out in their local communities working tirelessly to help the elderly, the sick and those who have hit hard times.

The Government values the enormous contribution volunteers make in our community and this funding will ease the financial pressure on non-profit organisations and volunteers.

In the NT, the Volunteer Grants Program 2008 will assist organisations to buy small equipment and sporting items, to train volunteers, and to help with fuel costs. There are almost 40,000 volunteers in Northern Territory, some of whom will benefit from this funding.

Organisations to receive funding include Girl Guides NT and Surf Life Saving Northern Territory.

Seven branches of Girl Guides NT will receive a total of $19,930 in funding. This will support 186 volunteers through the purchase of safety equipment such as water safety vests and UHF radios, and provide a contribution to the fuel reimbursement for volunteers.

Trained volunteers conduct the weekly Girl Guide program as well as volunteer training, outdoor camping and other fitness pursuits.

The Surf Life Saving Northern Territory will receive $14,295 to help its 1,130 community volunteers across surf life saving clubs in the Territory.

The volunteers’ primary responsibility is to patrol the Territory’s popular beaches.

Training and education is a core component in developing skilled volunteer life savers in this vital community service.

The Volunteer Grants Program 2008 delivers on a Rudd Government election commitment.

The full list of successful organisations in the NT can be found at: