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Media Release by The Hon Larry Anthony MP

Volunteering gets a boost

Federal Minister for Community Services, Larry Anthony, today announced $2 million will go to 731 local community projects as part of the International Year of Volunteers 2001 (IYV).

Mr Anthony also announced an extra $1 million to raise awareness of community volunteers, bringing the total amount of Commonwealth funding to $3.5 million, under the small grants program.

“The successful projects are very diverse, and include mentoring programs, exhibitions and official functions that reward the efforts of local volunteers,” said Mr Anthony.

Projects that will receive funding include:

  • The Bathurst Information and Neighbourhood Centre volunteer mentor program, where people with disabilities are referred to volunteer positions to increase their participation in the local community;
  • Melbourne’s Koori Employment Support Network to set up a volunteer mentor program supporting Indigenous jobseekers;
  • Perth’s Ethnic and Cultural Media Association to produce and televise stories that recognise and celebrate contributions made by volunteers.

“This funding will help communities celebrate and recognise volunteers around Australia and will allow many exciting projects to begin,” said Mr Anthony.

“Volunteers and voluntary organisations are an essential part of all communities and it is through them that vital work in communities is done.

“This funding demonstrates the Federal Government’s commitment to supporting and celebrating the International Year of Volunteers 2001,” Mr Anthony said.