This week is National Volunteer Week and to celebrate, Golden Plains Shire Council hosted an event at the Bannockburn Cultural Centre to acknowledge the valuable contributions made by Golden Plains Shire Council Volunteers and Community Coordinators.
The theme for National Volunteer Week 2022 is Better Together and celebrates the power of volunteering to bring people together, build communities and create a better society for everyone.
Deputy Mayor Cr Helena Kirby thanked the volunteers at the event and was joined by speakers including Golden Plains Shire Council Citizen of the Year Barry Wemyss, Young Citizen of the Year Alicia Nurnaitis and Senior Citizen of the Year Peter Trevaskis.
In addition to recognising the contribution of Council volunteers, the event also marked the launch of the Volunteers in Action Project, a photographic exhibition featuring the stories of the Golden Plains Shire volunteers.
The Volunteers in Action exhibition aims to capture moments that go unnoticed and highlight the everyday, helping the community gain new appreciation for the contributions volunteers make to Golden Plains Shire.
The exhibition was photographed by 2021 Spring in the Shire photography competition winner Lyn Steel, who visited volunteers in their communities to capture them doing what they love and created a collection of images that showcase the spirit of volunteerism.
The exhibition officially launches today, Wednesday 18 May and will be on display at the Bannockburn Cultural Centre, 27 High Street, Bannockburn until July before heading to The Well in Smythesdale from August to September. The exhibition is open to all community members from 10am to 1pm on Mondays, 10am to 5pm on Tuesdays, 10am to 6pm on Wednesdays, 10am to 5pm on Thursdays and Fridays and 9am to 12pm on Saturdays.