Bass Coast,
08
May
2015
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06:31
Australia/Melbourne

Volunteers Vital To Our Community

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Whether it be at Bass Coast Shire Council, with the emergency services, at a local sports club or op shop, or with animal welfare, many services would not run without the reliable and enthusiastic support of volunteers.

Volunteers Week is celebrated from 11 to 17 May, and Mayor, Cr Kimberley Brown, said it is a wonderful opportunity to say thank you to all the fantastic volunteers who enable many community services to continue.

“Your selfless contribution to our community is applauded by every member of our community and the many residents and visitors of our Shire,” Cr Brown said.

“Over 300 volunteers dedicate their time to different Council departments on a regular basis and provide invaluable services around the region.”

Cr Brown said the voluntary work sector is an important part of Bass Coast’s economy, with the 2011 Census showing that 22 per cent of the Shire’s population reported doing some form of voluntary work.

Volunteers form committees and friends groups that assist with halls, recreation reserves, public art, environmental management, cemeteries, historical information and more.

They also provide a range of home and community care services (HACC) to clients.

“Volunteers have positive input into activities such as the music program, organising morning teas, transporting clients and supporting staff with programs that are run such as workshops, craft days and theme days,” Cr Brown said.

“Community Transport in Inverloch and Wonthaggi would also not run without volunteers.

“These volunteers enable clients to access the community to do their shopping and to access other services.”

Cr Brown said volunteers are also an important asset to Visitor Information Centres throughout Bass Coast.

“Working as Visitor Service Officers, the volunteers have the passion and local knowledge to share insights to the region that are generally not available in guidebooks or over the internet and provide visitors with the information needed to have an enjoyable visit to Bass Coast,” Cr Brown said.

If you are interested in volunteering for one of Council’s programs, please contact us on 1300 BCOAST (227 268) or (03) 5671 2211.