Murgon Men’s Shed and Graham House will share $7500 in grants to support South Burnett volunteers, Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien announced today.

The grants awarded are between $1,000 and $5,000, and will enable organisations in Wide Bay to better support their volunteers to purchase small equipment, pay fuel, transport and training costs, as part of the $9 million Australian Government Volunteers Grants Program.

“This week marks National Volunteers Week, and I am glad to be able give back to our volunteers with this funding from the Coalition Government so they can continue their work and build a stronger, safer South Burnett,” Mr O’Brien said.

“South Burnett communities have been significantly affected by the prolonged drought; the bushfires late last year, and now the challenges posed by COVID-19, and volunteers are there at each step of the way to lend a helping hand,” Mr O’Brien said.

“Graham House Community Centre has been a pillar of strength and support for the community for many years, and I am pleased to help their volunteers with a $4,000 grant to cover fuel and transport costs.

“Murgon Men’s Shed is a fantastic community hub that not only supports social inclusion but also provides assistance to other local organisations, and its volunteers will be recognised with a $3,500 grant for craft materials, fuel and transport costs.

“This funding will go a long way to ensuring volunteers to continue their important work in the community. Their contribution is vital to ensuring that we continue to support families, provide employment pathways for young people and strengthen community resilience.

“I thank all volunteers everywhere for the work they do and congratulate these organisations for the difference they continue to make to Murgon and the South Burnett.”

National Volunteer Week runs from 18-24 May and is run by Volunteering Australia. You can get involved in the online activities by visiting the Volunteering Australia


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