Barnaby Joyce

Recognising vital work of volunteers in the Upper Hunter

24 Apr 2019

Pictured: Mr Joyce congratulating staff at Strathearn Village, Scone, on their grant. Volunteer Co-ordinator Janelle Birch, Operations Manager Stuart Thorne and Support Services Manager Anne Ferries


Member for New England, Barnaby Joyce, is backing volunteers in the Upper Hunter through the Coalition Government’s $20 million Volunteer Grants program.


Grants of between $1,000 and $5,000 to help community organisations for a range of needs, including buying equipment, paying fuel costs, training volunteers or improving their fundraising, have been allocated to organisations in the New England.


Some of the organisations in the Upper Hunter receiving grants are;


Mr Joyce said volunteering greatly benefits our communities – both socially and economically.


“The enormous value of volunteering is estimated at $290 billion per year, and Australia’s 8.7 million volunteers and their organisations, including those here in the New England, are the backbone of community life,” Mr Joyce said.


“Volunteers embody the best of our community with thousands of people regularly volunteering their skills, services and time to make life in Scone, Murrurundi and Aberdeen, better for those around them,” he said.


The Coalition 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.



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