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MEDIA RELEASE - Time to celebrate local volunteers

12 April 2019

Calling all volunteers in the Glenelg Shire, you are invited to help celebrate National Volunteer Week as part of local recognition events being held next month.

Volunteer Recognition Receptions will take place in Portland, Heywood, Nelson and Casterton during May 20 – May 23 to officially celebrate the role of volunteers in the Glenelg Shire.

Mayor Cr Rank said the events were an important chance to recognise the “lifeblood of our local community”.

“Volunteers play a vital role, lending their time and talents, for no reward or remuneration, to support, encourage and enhance the lives of others in the community,” she said.

“In fact the Glenelg Shire boasts one of the highest rates of volunteerism across the state, with nearly one third of our residents reporting some form of voluntary work through an organisation or group.

“These recognition receptions will recognise the many coaches, umpires, canteen volunteers, gardeners, meals-on-wheels deliverers, ground keepers, raffle ticket sellers and more who keep our community thriving.

“Whether you are in a sporting club, service club, community group or organisation; this event is for you. I hope to see as many volunteers as possible attend a Volunteer Recognition Reception in a location close to home to help us best celebrate the people who make our shire a great place to live.”

Volunteer Recognition Receptions will be held at the following locations:

• Nelson
Monday 20 May
CFA Shed, North Nelson Road

• Casterton
Monday 20 May
Australian Kelpie Centre, Henty Street

• Portland
Wednesday 22 May
Civic Hall, Bentinck Street

• Heywood
Thursday 23 May
Community Hall, Edgar Street

National Volunteer Week is an annual celebration to recognise the contributions of volunteers across Australia. From 20–26 May thousands of events are held across the country to say thank you to the nation’s six million volunteers.

For further information, or to register your attendance for any of the events, please contact councillor support coordinator Kylie Walford on 5522 2294 or email

RSVPs will close 5pm, Friday 10 May.

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