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From the Desk of the CEO 26 June 2012

Created on: Monday, 9 July 2012 at 2:51:56 PM

Funding of $16 million is available under Volunteer Grants 2012

Volunteer Grants 2012 recognises the valuable work of Australia’s volunteers.  This initiative forms part of the Australian Government’s ongoing commitment to organisations whose volunteers assist disadvantaged communities and encourage inclusion of vulnerable people in community life.  Funding of $16 million is available to support and encourage volunteering.  Eligible not-for-profit community organisations can apply for grants between $1,000 and $5,000 to:

  • Purchase portable, tangible, small equipment items to help their volunteers
  • Contribute to the reimbursement of fuel costs for their volunteers who use their own car to transport others to activities, to deliver food, assist with medical appointments or help people in need
  • Contribute to the reimbursement of transport costs incurred by volunteers with disability, who are unable to drive
  • Contribute to the costs of training courses and/or undertake background screening checks for their volunteers.

For further information call 1800 183 374 or on the following website:

Strategic Plan - Community Engagement Report -  Environment

What are your priorities for the environment in the Shire of Irwin in 10-15 years time? The most common responses were:


Tidy Towns Sustainable Committee - Earth Carers Course

The Earth Carers Course was run over 3 weeks and there were a total of 23 participants that attended. Feedback from attendees was they enjoyed sharing ideas on composting, worm farming, recycling and no dig gardening ideas. The committee would like to thank Jenny and Rob Stubbs for facilitating the course. Congratulations to Di Zimmermann and Viv Frear who won the worm farm and compost bin for attending over the 3 weeks.



Darren Simmons

Darren Simmons
Chief Executive Officer

 26 June 2012

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