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Mayor thanks volunteers for time and talent

Mount Alexander Shire Council Social Support volunteer David Sime helping Ann with her new phone

Next week (17-23 May) is National Volunteer Week when organisations Australia-wide acknowledge people who give their time and talents freely as volunteers.

Friday 14 April 2021

Next week (17-23 May) is National Volunteer Week when organisations Australia-wide acknowledge people who give their time and talents freely as volunteers.

Mount Alexander Shire Council Mayor Tony Cordy said he wanted to acknowledge and thank the many volunteers who give so passionately through council services, facilities, events and organisations to build community and civic life.

“We so appreciate our many volunteers whose generous help means we can offer more activities and programs to benefit the young and old,” Mayor Cordy said.

“Our volunteers warmly welcome and guide tourists at the Castlemaine and Maldon Visitor Information Centres, acting as ambassadors and advocates for our many tourist sites and accommodation businesses.

“Others champion the cause for young people, serving on Council’s Youth Advisory Group and helping organise events like the Young Makers Markets and Battle of the Bands to create opportunities for young creatives.

“Dedicated volunteers drive buses to take residents to community lunches, swimming and activities that keep them active and connected. They shop for those who can’t, and visit them to bring joy and company to our community’s most vulnerable.

“Other volunteers help maintain cricket pitches, watering systems and other facilities at our many sporting ovals and recreation reserves.

“Let’s not forget the community champions who serve on committees of management at our community halls and facilities. They’re ever at the ready - taking bookings and setting up kitchens for events, then packing down afterwards and making sure we know when things need fixing or servicing,” said Mayor Cordy.

During this week, Cr Cordy invited people to join him in offering a special wave of appreciation to all who volunteer across the shire. Without them and their example, the shire would be much the poorer, he said.

During National Volunteer Week community members are also invited to:

- Drop into the Castlemaine Library on Thursday 20 May to celebrate the relaunch of Connect Mount Alexander. The website has been revised to create an improved online community space that features a community directory and events calendar, as well as a source for community support, services, resources and information.

- Head to the Castlemaine Emergency Response Expo from 10.30am to 2.00pm on Saturday 22 May. See displays and meet first responders such as the SES, CFA, Ambulance Victoria and Victoria Police, and other organisations dedicated to preventing an emergency or providing emergency relief and support.

For more information, visit www.mountalexander.vic.gov.au.



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