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Golden Plains volunteers shine during Volunteer Week

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Thursday, 17 May 2018 - 1:30pm
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Golden Plains Shire Council will celebrate the contributions of its volunteers during National Volunteer Week, 21–27 May 2018.

National Volunteer Week is the annual celebration to acknowledge the generous contributions of Australian volunteers.

Golden Plains Shire Council will be celebrating by hosting two morning teas in the north and south of the Shire, as well as celebrating volunteers and volunteerism around the Shire during May – you can see our ‘Star Volunteer’ profiles on our website.

This year’s National Volunteer Week theme is ‘Give a little. Change a lot.’ which represents the millions of volunteers who make a profound impact in their communities and on society, through giving a little of time.

Golden Plains Shire Mayor Cr Helena Kirby says that Golden Plains communities have long been known for their volunteering efforts.

“Recent figures indicate that 23% of the Shire’s population volunteers for at least one hour per week – that’s almost one in four people. I’m incredibly proud of that,” said Cr Kirby.

“The economic value to our community is just over $7 million, in services that are vital to the wellbeing of our 52 communities, such as emergency services, sport and recreation clubs, environment groups, senior citizen groups and youth committees.

“I can’t imagine Golden Plains without its passionate, active volunteering culture, and I wouldn’t want to,” she said.

“It’s what makes our communities so warm, so inviting and so special.

“On behalf of Golden Plains Shire Council, I would like to thank every single person who volunteers for the benefit of their community – your contribution is noticed, important and much appreciated.

“I would also like to encourage anyone not currently volunteering to get involved and give it a go; you can ‘give a little, change a lot’” she said.

Council welcomes interest from those new to volunteering – just get in touch with our Volunteer Coordinator on 5220 7216 or enquiries@gplains.vic.gov.au to find a role that suits your skills and abilities.

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Released by: Eric Braslis, CEO, Golden Plains Shire Council
Media contact: Ann Card, Senior Communications and Marketing Officer, Golden Plains Shire Council
P. 5220 7147  │  E. Ann.card@gplains.vic.gov.au
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Council acknowledges the traditional Wadawurrung owners of this land. Council pays its respects to Wadawurrung Elders both past and present and extends that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People who are part of Golden Plains Shire.