Menu

Local volunteer groups funded

Volunteers-1200px

Kingscliff Football Club members Gillian Austin and Mark Suhor with Justine Elliot (centre) after the announcement the club would get a volunteer grant.

 

First Lismore Scouts, Alstonville High School P&C, Byron Bay groups including Goodwill Bicycles Abroad and the Australian Indonesian Arts Alliance, Ballina’s Community Gardens and Senior Rugby League, Bangalow Community Children’s Centre, Kingscliff Football Club, Pottsville’s Beachside Communicare and Lillian Rock’s Blue Knob Hall are among a range of local groups sharing in almost half a million dollars of federal funding announced yesterday.

Community organisations in the Page and Richmond electorates will receive $308,650 and $197,000 respectively under the federal government’s 2013 Volunteer Grants program.

Richmond MP Justine Elliot said 53 organisations in her electorate had been successful under the program and that the grants, which range between $1,000 and $5,000, will help volunteers meet the rising costs of running a not-for-profit organisation.

‘They are the lifeblood of our communities, but the increasing financial strains they are under makes it difficult for them to deliver the important services they provide to our community every day,’ she said.

‘These grants will help community organisations to purchase much-needed equipment or as a contribution towards training courses, background checks and transport costs of volunteers with disability who are unable to drive.

‘This is just one way the Rudd Labor government can say thank you for the selfless work and commitment of local volunteers,’ Mrs Elliot said.

In Page, more than 80 local volunteer organisations have benefited.

‘The list includes volunteer firefighters; sporting clubs, youth programs, seniors groups, Meals on wheels, health support groups; community radio, community halls, Aboriginal organisations; service organisations, mobile soup kitchen; community transport, church and welfare groups; veteran support, social clubs and many more,’ said Page MP Janelle Saffin.

The full list of recipients and further information is available online at www.fahcsia.gov.au or by calling 1800 183 374.

 


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

 

Become a supporter of The Echo

A note from the editorial team

Some of The Echo’s editorial team: journalists Paul Bibby and Aslan Shand, editor Hans Lovejoy, photographer Jeff Dawson and Mandy Nolan

The Echo has never underestimated the intelligence and passion of its readers. In a world of corporate banality and predictability, The Echo has worked hard for more than 30 years to help keep Byron and the north coast unique with quality local journalism and creative ideas. We think this area needs more voices, reasoned analysis and ideas than just those provided by News Corp, lifestyle mags, Facebook groups and corporate newsletters.

The Echo is one hundred per cent locally owned and one hundred per cent independent. As you have probably gathered from what is happening in the media industry, it is not cheap to produce a weekly newspaper and a daily online news service of any quality.

We have always relied entirely on advertising to fund our operations, but often loyal readers who value our local, independent journalism have asked how they could help ensure our survival.

Any support you can provide to The Echo will make an enormous difference. You can make a one-off contribution or a monthly one. With your help, we can continue to support a better informed local community and a healthier democracy for another 30 years.”

Echonetdaily is made possible by the support of all of our advertisers and is brought to you by this week's sponsors Vast Furniture & Homewares Ballina and Falls Festival Byron Bay.