Federal funding for volunteers
LOCAL volunteers, whose work is crucial in plugging the ever-fraying social safety net, have received a boost from the Federal Government.
Page MP Janelle Saffin has welcomed the announcement of 56 local community organisations in her electorate sharing $182,982.92 in funding under the Australian Government's $16-million Volunteer Grants initiative for 2012.
Ms Saffin said this year's recipients continue to be a diverse bunch, including sporting clubs, welfare groups, country hall committees, theatre companies, historical societies, rural fire and emergency services and the like, all of whom are deserving of the grants.
"We know that volunteers give their time, energy and expertise to support our community," Ms Saffin said.
"The Volunteer Grants will support a range of local groups such as the Ballina Naval Museum; Casino Baseball Club; Lismore Theatre Company; Kyogle Rotary Club and the Lawrence Historical Society.
"They will receive a grant of between $1000 and $5000 to contribute to their volunteers' fuel costs and training and purchase much-needed equipment."
Local community organisations in the Page electorate are among 4,800 across Australia to benefit from the Federal Government's $16 million Volunteer Grants program.
"Volunteers continue to make a significant social and economic contribution to Australian society, contributing approximately $14.6 billion to the not-for-profit sector each year," Ms Saffin said.
"Across the country, more than 166,000 volunteers will benefit from the Volunteer Grants,
"The Government is committed to supporting our army of volunteers and this year's volunteer grants will help them to undertake their selfless work in supporting local communities."