Livingstone Shire volunteers will be acknowledged and celebrated throughout this week as Council joins in with the thousands of events held across the country as part of National Volunteer Week held from 20 – 26 May.
Established in 1989, National Volunteer Week is the largest celebration of volunteers and volunteerism in Australia and provides an opportunity to highlight the role of volunteers in our communities, and to say thank you to the more than 6 million Australians who volunteer.
Every year, National Volunteer Week also acknowledges the social, economic and cultural contributions volunteers make to society.
Acting Mayor Nigel Hutton said while volunteers generously donate their free time expecting little in return, it was important to recognise their contributions to our community.
“We are extremely fortunate in Livingstone to have so many wonderful community groups, volunteers and individuals who work so hard for the betterment of our community across a diverse range of agencies and services,” Cr Hutton said.
“Council is incredibly grateful for the amount of time and energy these residents put in to many different causes, which not only keep our community running efficiently, but enhance our regions lifestyle and welcoming atmosphere.”
Community Development Councillor Jan Kelly said Council will host several events throughout this week to say thank you to the generous volunteers who make up Council’s volunteer team.
“From the Community Nursery, to our Livingstone Libraries and Community Centre as well as outdoor groups like Capricorn Coast Landcare and Lammermoor Gardens, each individual volunteer plays an important role in improving our region and its services to our community,” Cr Kelly said.
“National Volunteer Week celebrations and events play an integral role in facilitating important discussions on volunteering and informing Government policies and programmes.”
For more information on Councils volunteering programmes visit Council website www.livingstone.qld.gov.au/1511/Community-Volunteer-Programme
For more information on for National Volunteer Week, go to https://www.volunteeringaustralia.org/