Llew O’Brien recognises vital work of volunteers through grants in Cherbourg
Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien is recognising the valuable work of volunteers, with almost $14,500 in grants for Cherbourg community groups.
Grants of between $1,000 and $5,000 will be provided through a $20 million Volunteer Grants program to help 34 local community organisations in Wide Bay with needs including buying equipment, paying fuel costs, and training volunteers.
Mr O’Brien and Minister for Indigenous Affairs Senator Nigel Scullion announced the following grants today:
- Cherbourg Ration Shed – $5,000 for new furniture, catering and landscaping equipment, and workshops in First Aid and well-being.
- Cherbourg Sports Club Inc – $4,500 for gardening and cleaning equipment and outdoor furniture.
- Cherbourg Men’s Shed – $5,000 for a trailer and shipping container for storing art materials.
“These groups make Cherbourg a stronger community, and help deliver important services, support and assistance,” Mr O’Brien said.
“Wide Bay simply would not be the same without volunteers, who are the lifeblood of our communities. The energy, expertise and time they give represents what Australian communities are all about – offering a helping hand.
“I am glad to be able to extend a helping hand in return with this funding from the Coalition Government so they can continue their work and build a stronger, safer Cherbourg.”
Mr O’Brien said volunteering also had a significant economic benefit to local communities.
“The enormous value of volunteering is estimated at $290 billion per year. Australia’s 8.7 million volunteers and their organisations are the backbone of community life,” he said.
“The Morrison Government’s strong economic management is why we can afford to provide the essential services Australians rely on and support the good work of our volunteers.”