House debates

Monday, 18 February 2019

Statements by Members

Bonner Electorate: Volunteers

1:44 pm

Photo of Ross VastaRoss Vasta (Bonner, Liberal Party) Share this | | Hansard source

It's now the third year of my Bonner Volunteer Awards. Nominations are now open for 2019's most outstanding volunteers and volunteer groups. Nominations are open until Friday, 1 March, so I would like to ask my constituents, if they know a volunteer who goes above and beyond, to nominate them in the youth, adult, senior, or group categories. I will be presenting the winners their awards at a special ceremony on Wednesday, 13 March.

I always like to take the opportunity to highlight and celebrate our volunteers. I have met so many in my time as the member for Bonner. They are always so humble and say that they're just doing what they love. But it's so much more than that. Our Rotary Clubs, charities, Meals on Wheels, Men's Sheds, Scout groups, sports clubs and so many more rely on the hard work of Australia's eight million volunteers. That's why I'm encouraging my constituents to nominate individuals and groups that demonstrate outstanding volunteer qualities, make a significant and lasting contribution to the community, set a good example for fellow volunteers and inspire others to volunteer.

On a side note, I'm pleased to say that I recently secured $98,000 for the 2018 nominee, Carindale Cougars Junior AFL Club. under the government's Move It AUS Community Sport Infrastructure grant program. The funding will go towards installing field lighting and upgrading their playing grounds at Belmont State School. I can't think of a more deserving group. (Time expired)