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Media Release by Senator the Hon Ursula Stephens

Congratulating local volunteers

Parliamentary Secretary for Social Inclusion and the Voluntary Sector, Senator Ursula Stephens today congratulated Joondalup and Wanneroo volunteer organisations on being awarded grants under the Australian Government’s Volunteer Grants 2010.

Senator Stephens met with grant recipients at a celebration morning tea co-hosted by Member for West Swan, Ms Rita Saffioti MLA, and Senator for WA, Louise Pratt.

Local organisations will receive grants of between $1000 and $5000 to cover the cost of petrol and purchase much-needed equipment such as computers, barbecues, air conditioners and refrigerators.

For the first time the grants will also help organisations meet the costs of training their volunteers and completing police and background checks.

Organisations receiving volunteer grants funding, include the Gortankaku Community Association, Wanneroo Boys Brigade, Ballajura Senior Citizens Association and the Nyoongar Sports Association.

The funding will be used for a variety of items including computer equipment, first aid kits, DVD players, sunshades and training to help their volunteers as they give back to the community.

“Volunteers make a significant social and economic contribution to Australian society, contributing approximately $14.6 billion to the Australian economy each year.

“These grants are a way for the government to recognise this enormous effort and to support volunteers in their invaluable work that shapes our nation,” Senator Stephens said.

To find out more about Volunteer Grants 2010, go to http://www.fahcsia.gov.au/about/news/2010/Pages/VG2010_announce_25062010.aspx