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$16 million for volunteers

Fifteen grants worth more than $57,000 have been awarded to community organisations in Maribyrnong through the Australian Government’s 2013 Volunteer Grants program.

Federal Member for Maribyrnong, Bill Shorten, said that a diverse range of organisations across Brimbank, Maribyrnong and Moonee Valley have been successful under the program.

The grants, which range between $1000 and $5000, will help volunteers meet the rising costs of running a not-for-profit organisation.

Successful recipients include the Moonee Valley Toy Library, the Migrant African Women’s Association, the Sunshine Heights Tigers Football Club, Western Radio Broadcasters, and the Vietnamese Community of Australia (Victorian Chapter).

“The Rudd Labor Government recognises the enormous contribution that volunteers make to Australian society, giving their valuable time so generously to help others,” Mr Shorten said.

“But there are also costs involved in delivering these services, and these grants are designed to help ease the burden for volunteer organisations.

“These grants will help community organisations to purchase much-needed equipment or as a contribution towards training courses, background checks and transport costs.

“It is a small way for the government and the people of Australia to thank the volunteers who do so much for us all without expecting anything in return.”

Mr Shorten said that the grants will make volunteers better equipped to assist those who are marginalised or disadvantaged, and to improve community connections for everyone who is involved in their organisation.

“Australia has a proud history of volunteering, from surf lifesaving and volunteer firefighting, to sports clubs, multicultural organisations, kids playgroups and support for older Australians.

In fact, more than six million people volunteer each year.”

More information is available at www.fahcsia.gov.au.

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