Volunteers make Nillumbik vibrant and welcoming community

Published on 09 May 2017


Council would like to officially thank all volunteers who generously give their time as they help to make Nillumbik the world's most liveable Shire.

May 8-12 is Volunteer Week and Nillumbik Shire Mayor Councillor Peter Clarke will be spending Wednesday morning with some Meals on Wheels volunteers as they deliver meals to residents that need that support.

"The dedication of our volunteers is second to none. They are the backbone of our community and will recognise their efforts at our Volunteer Appreciation Evening at the end of June.

"We also offer suitable training opportunities to our volunteers such as First Aid and our Australia Day Awards also recognises the outstanding efforts that members of our community are so willing to give.

"There are many different volunteering opportunities ranging from delivering meals to helping young adults go from L plates to P plates.

Councillor Jane Ashton Community Services Chair said, "A number of our Council facilities would not be able to operate as effectively as they do without our volunteers who work at Edendale, the Living and Learning Centre as well driving the Saturday bus or providing transport for people with medical needs."

"The Shire would also like to recognise the efforts of all those people who spend their weekends or evenings being part of the CFA, helping run local sport clubs or their evenings and weekends supporting their local kinders, preschools, primary or secondary schools.

Councillor Grant Brooker Chair of the Environment and Sustainability Committee said there are 28 'Friends of' groups and 12 Landcare groups across the Shire.

"Many people spend their free time working towards protecting our environment by weeding, planting and maintaining our Shire. It is their work that helps make Nillumbik such a beautiful place to live," said Councillor Brooker.

"The amount of time, work and commitment that our volunteers give across the Shire is outstanding. We are indeed blessed to have so many people helping others and that is what makes Nillumbik such a special place," said Mayor Clarke.

Image: Nillumbik's L2P Driver Mentor volunteers