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Golden Plains Shire Council celebrates selfless volunteers

Golden Plains Shire Council held an event on Monday 23rd November to formally acknowledge and thank Council volunteers who selflessly dedicate their own time for the benefit of the Golden Plains community.

At the Volunteer Celebration event Mayor, Cr Des Phelan acknowledged the extraordinary contributions that Golden Plains volunteers make to the health and wellbeing of residents and the strength of our communities. Volunteer efforts span Aged and Disability services, Children’s services, Community Meals program, Community Transport program; Health and Wellbeing programs; local maintenance; community facility improvements and events.

The event was attended by special guest Stuart Thompson, Director of National Engagement at the National Disability Insurance Agency; opening up about his experiences and how communities really thrive when there is a strong foundation of volunteers.

Matthew Kinnia, a year 11 student who volunteers for the FReeZA Youth Development Committee also took to the stage to talk about the importance of engaging local youth to help make a difference in the community.

Councillor Des Phelan, Mayor said, “At Golden Plains, our residents receive the value of over 3,000 hours of volunteering each week, and some of our volunteers have volunteered for over a quarter of a century.”

“I was honoured to attend the Volunteer Celebration and express Council’s gratitude for the incredible work our volunteers do.”

“The efforts and generosity of our volunteers is a big part of what makes our Shire so wonderful, and recognising this is very important to Council.”