Funding support for local volunteers

DERWENT Valley organisations have won a share $540,000 in Volunteer Grants allocated to Tasmania. Of 165 successful applicants throughout the state, seven are based in the 7140 postcode area  and have been allocated a total of more than $25,000.

The grants will support more than 5,100 volunteers across Tasmania who give their time, energy and expertise to volunteering. Grants of up to $5000 will help organisations purchase much-needed equipment, help with volunteers’ fuel costs, and cover the cost of training courses and background checks.

Bushy Park Show Society – $5000. The Bushy Park Show Society is a volunteer-run organisation focused on promoting and displaying local agricultural and artistic endeavours. Volunteers organise an annual event that showcases the efforts of local residents across a wide spectrum of rural activities. The show is a focal point of region, encouraging participation from all sectors of the farming community to ensure a successful and engaging local event. 

Central Highlands Community Mens Shed (Hamilton) – $3200. The Central Highlands Community Men’s Shed is a hub of community activity in the Hamilton region. Volunteers maintain a supportive environment where men of all ages and backgrounds can learn new skills, connect with friends and collaborate on projects to enhance the local community. The shed connects local residents, promotes a culture of inclusion and enhances the wellbeing of individuals, their families and the wider community. 

Derwent Valley Concert Band – $4350. The Derwent Valley Concert Band provides an artistic forum for self-expression and musical appreciation in the community. Volunteers make a vital contribution to the success of the band by co-ordinating rehearsals and performances and encouraging participation from community members of all ages, backgrounds and abilities.  The band promotes a socially inclusive community where musicians can showcase their talents, bond through a common interest, and bring people together through musical entertainment. 

Derwent Valley Field & Game Association Incorporated – $3600. The Derwent Valley Field and Game Association is a community-based organisation that promotes health and wellbeing through regular physical activity. Volunteers provide a welcoming environment where community members of all ages and backgrounds can participate in regular competitive and recreational events. By expanding social networks and providing opportunities for personal growth and development, the association assists local residents to gain self-confidence and connect with the wider community. 

Derwent Valley Railway – $4224. Derwent Valley Railway is a volunteer-run organisation dedicated to preserving the local heritage-listed railway. Volunteers operate and maintain the rail line, trains and amenities and encourage participation through tourism and education programs. The railway’s work fosters community participation and enables volunteers to become involved in their region by sharing their heritage and appreciation for railways.

Lachlan Community Hall Association – $4350. The Lachlan Community Hall Association hosts a range of social and recreational events to provide opportunities for community interaction. The association’s volunteers maintain the hall’s amenities and support community events to create an atmosphere of social inclusion and community participation. The Hall provides a focal point for the community to continue its development and improve the welfare of local residents. 

Gretna Fire Brigade – $3000. The volunteers of Gretna Fire Brigade are committed to the protection of their local community during times of emergency and natural disaster. The brigade is an essential lifeline for community members in distress due to bushfires and other emergencies, working in unison to save lives and protect property. By encouraging volunteers from many different backgrounds to collaborate for the benefit of their local community, the brigade helps to forge a more connected community and encourages a spirit of mateship in the area. 

Friends of Mt Field (Wildcare Incorporated) – $1332. The Friends of Mt Field are a dedicated volunteer organisation that maintain the recreational facilities in Mt Field National Park. Volunteers are involved with a number of projects including maintaining walking tracks, repairing huts and removing weeds. The organisation provides a valuable service while fostering a sense of belonging and providing opportunities for social interaction.

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