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Volunteers to benefit from council plan

Peter Teschner and Local Volunteer Antonia Champion THE GLEN Innes Severn Council has formally recognised the valuable contributions that volunteers make to the community by adopting a formal policy at the most recent council meeting.

The council will aim to make volunteering a mutually beneficial activity for the individual volunteer, the program, the community and the Council.

Manager of Tourism and Events Peter Teschner said Council has for many years enjoyed the benefits of a volunteer network contributing significantly to the community fabric.

“Council is very fortunate to have a dedicated group of volunteers,” he said.

“In some cases volunteers have over 15 years of continuous involvement in the success of council events such as the Australian Celtic Festival.

“We would now like to recognise the value of and contribution of all volunteers to council and the community.”

Local Volunteer Antonia Champion said volunteering is mutually beneficial.

“I feel I am doing my bit for the local area, but I also get something out it,” she said.

“I moved here a couple of years ago so I feel volunteering has helped me to integrate into the community.

“I think the council express their gratitude to me in all kinds of different ways, I do feel appreciated and hopefully the experience I am gaining will lead to a paid job in the future.”

The Australian Bureau of Statistics’ 2014 General Social Survey results shows

that volunteering in Australia has fallen since 2010 with 75 percent of people surveyed saying they feel rushed or pressed for time.

However, Glen Innes Rotary Club Spokesperson Elton Squires said they have maintained constant member numbers for the last decade.

“We’ve always had the numbers when we’ve been asked for help in the past and our member numbers have not gone down at all,” he said.

“Certainly in a small community like ours people realise they need to volunteer to get things done, so our community has a very strong volunteer ethic.

“So I think Glen Innes would appear to be bucking the trend.”

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