Rows of colourful biscuits with 'thank you' written in icing


Three cheers for our volunteers; the change makers

Published: 15 May 2023 12:20pm

Wagga Wagga City Council this week said “thank you” to the many volunteers whose valuable contributions are essential to the successful provision of much-needed services and programs across the local government area.

Council hosted a special morning tea for its volunteers at the Civic Centre on Monday 15 May 2023 as part of National Volunteer Week, from 15-21 May 2023.

The theme for National Volunteer Week 2023 is ‘The Change Makers’ recognising the vital support the millions of volunteers across Australia provide to their communities.

Group of men and women at function inside wagga council chambers

Mayor of the City of Wagga Wagga Cr Dallas Tout said it was critical to celebrate, thank and recognise those volunteers who give up their time to help the community.

“The morning tea was an opportunity to bring together Council’s volunteers and show them our appreciation for all that they do, giving of themselves through their time, energy and commitment,” Cr Tout said.

“Volunteers are a vital part of the fabric of Council’s day-to-day operations across a wide variety of organisational areas, events and initiatives all year round.

“The contribution they make through the wide range of skills and experience they bring to these positions are highly valued by our staff and of great benefit to the whole community.

“They enable us to reach out to more people across the Local Government Area, from helping to provide community services, to serving on committees and cultural development projects.”

Mayor Dallas Tout standing beside young man - Hayden Watts
“THANK YOU”: Hayden Watts, who has been a volunteer at the Glenfield Road Animal Shelter since last year, with Wagga Wagga Mayor Cr Dallas Tout at Council’s National Volunteer Week morning tea.

Council has approved 23 volunteers this year to date and takes applicants of all abilities.

People & Culture Officer Fiona Graham said the diverse range of positions and roles offers people a unique and rewarding chance to get involved in some amazing programs and events.

“Volunteering is a great opportunity to contribute to the local community, make new friends, develop new skills and to have fun!” Ms Graham said.

“We have some local residents who give up their time on a regular basis to help out at a few of our facilities, like the Glenfield Road Animal Shelter, our Library and Language Café, the Museum and Art Gallery, and our Zoo & Aviary, just to name a few.

“We also have volunteers at Council-led events such as Fusion Multicultural Festival, tree planting days, and other Council events, helping to make them a success.”

Three ladies inside council meeting room, holding 'thank you' biscuits
SPECIAL TREAT: (from left) volunteers Trish Baker from the Sensory Gardens, along with Alix Hopgood and Danielle Osborne from Wagga Wagga City Library’s Language Café, with the “Thank You” biscuits at Council’s National Volunteer Week morning tea.

Other categories of volunteers include Major & Minor Projects and community groups, which cover areas such as construction of buildings, sporting field lighting and community halls.

For more information on areas where you can volunteer and how to apply:

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