Balliang CFA, Melton’s Dingo Centre and the Rockbank footy club are among the biggest local grant winners as Federal funds are handed out to mark National Volunteer Week (18-24 May).

Balliang firefighters will get $4440, the Dingo Discovery Sanctuary and Research Centre will receive $4000 and Rockbank footballers are being given $5000 – the maximum grant available.

Conservation Volunteers Australia will also get a grant for a ride-on lawnmower for land near the Werribee Gorge.

All up, 18 groups in the Ballarat electorate will get a total of $58,470 including the Bacchus Marsh Pony Club and Friends of the Canadian Corridor (which straddles the Moorabool and Ballarat council areas).  

“Everywhere you go across our region you find volunteers who are giving up their time and energy to make our community a better place to live”, Ballarat Federeal Labor MP Catherine King said.

“We’ve seen the best of our volunteers this year – first through the fires where members of our community travelled long distances to help out, and now through the current pandemic where volunteers are delivering food and keeping vulnerable residents socially connected.”

In the Gordon electorate 15 groups will share in $64,990 including the Friends of Melton Botanic Gardens and the emerging Eynesbury Eagles footy club.

“While the work of our volunteers may be unpaid it is not unrecognised,” Liberal Senator Sarah Henderson said.

“They’re all local champions – and their contribution is vital to ensuring that we continue to support families, provide employment pathways for young people and strengthen community resilience.”

Nationally, volunteering has an estimated annual economic and social contribution of $290 billion.

BALLARAT grants include:

** Bacchus Marsh Pony Club $1180

** Ballarat Veterans Assistance Centre $3100

** Balliang CFA $4440

** Conservation Volunteers Australia $3550

** City of Ballarat Brass Band $2970

** Daylesford Mens Shed $1000

** Daylesford Historical Society $4330

** Daylesford Community Op Shop $2190

** Food is Free (Ballarat gardening program) $3050

** Friends of Canadian Corridor $4200

** Sebastopol Men’s Shed $4670

GORTON grants include:

** Rockbank Football Club $5000

** Dingo Discovery Sanctuary and Research Centre $4000

** Eynesbury Eagles Junior Football and Netball $2990

** Hillside Football Club $3750

** Melton South Community Centre $2180