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MEDIA RELEASE - Emergency Comissioner headlines Volunteer Week events

23 April 2018

Victorian Emergency Management Commissioner Craig Lapsley will headline National Volunteer Week events in the Glenelg Shire for 2018.

Mr Lapsley, who is Victoria's first ever Emergency Management Commissioner, will present as part of the Volunteer Recognition Receptions being held across the shire from 21– 27 May 2018.

Glenelg Shire Mayor Cr Anita Rank said the Commissioner would bring unparalleled knowledge and experience.

“We are very fortunate to welcome the Victorian Emergency Commissioner to the Glenelg Shire to present as part of our National Volunteer Week celebrations,” she said.

“Mr Lapsley will be speaking at our Casterton Volunteer Recognition Reception on Monday 21 May at the Casterton Town Hall to discuss the importance and impact of volunteering, particularly in emergency situations.

“With over 30 years in Australian emergency management, including service as a volunteer firefighter, Mr Lapsley will provide a fascinating insight into life as a volunteer.”

Cr Rank encouraged volunteers of all ages to attend a National Volunteer Week event in their hometown.

“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.

“I invite all volunteers across the shire to come along to a Volunteer Recognition Reception close to home. I hope to be able to recognise as many volunteers possible at our events in 2018.”

Fellow speakers for the Nelson, Heywood and Portland Volunteer Week events include 2018 Heywood Senior Citizen of the Year Gwenda Matthews and 2018 Glenelg Shire Joint Citizen of the Year Phillip Ruge.

Volunteer Recognition Receptions will be held at the following times and locations:
• Nelson – Monday 21 May
CFA Shed, 28 North Nelson Road, Nelson at 3pm

• Casterton – Monday 21 May
Town Hall, 67 Henty Street, Casterton at 6pm

• Portland – Wednesday 23 May
Civic Hall, 30 Bentinck Street, Portland at 6pm

• Heywood – Thursday 24 May
Community Hall, Edgar Street, Heywood at 6pm

National Volunteer Week is an annual celebration to recognise the many contributions of our nation’s volunteers.

From 21–27 May 2018 thousands of events across the country will be held to say thank you to the six million Australians who volunteer.

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

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