Salute to our volunteers

Without volunteers many organisations would not function and so much community work would not be done. This is a thank you salute to some of the volunteers and the organisations they represent.

Well done and thank you.

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Andy Webb - Mathison Park.

Andy volunteers in Mathison Park because he loves it and considers it a great community asset which needs maintaining. You meet nice people and hear lots of praise about how good the park is. Andy hopes the park will receive a new playground soon.

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Faye Last - Hazelwood Rotary

Faye is passionate about community service. She likes to serve people and help out when possible. She is a regular attendee at Rotary BBQs.

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Bob Lowick - Churchill Lions

Bob says the gift of giving is the greatest gift of all. He has responsibility for organising the Australia Day awards and helping where needed. With wife Sue they are dedicated Camp Quality volunteers.

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Anne Crawford - Churchill Neighbourhood Centre

Anne loves her volunteering at the CNHC where she fills the role of treasurer for the Board. As a quilting devotee she loves to help the ladies with the quilting machine. Anne also helps with fundraising and the Quilt Show. Volunteering makes her feel good and it is an opportunity to meet people.

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Margaret Guthrie - Churchill & District Community Association

Margaret began volunteering when she first moved to Churchill as a way to find out about the community, meet people and make friends. She has been a member of CDCA for a long time, many of those years as President. She has seen the growth and renewal of the town and been pleased to be part of the oversight of planning to ensure good outcomes result. The Shop Local Campaign has been a great way to meet the community and promote shopping in Churchill.

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Rosslyn Jackson - Churchill Community garden

Rosslyn is a dedicated worker in the Community Garden situated behind the Hub. She helps to collect the food scraps and occasional coffee grounds for composting and worm farm feeding to help the garden produce well. Produce is used in the CNHC cooking classes and the Preschoolers and day care children visit it.

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Graeme Renwick - Churchill Fire Brigade

Graeme has been a volunteer for nearly all his life; first in Scouts then the SES at Trafalgar and Moe.

His son joined Churchill Fire Brigade as a junior and Graeme would drop him off each time. The captain spoke to him one night and said you drop your son off, why don’t you join as well. He did and has been a member for over 20 years. Graeme derives great satisfaction in “putting in his two bobs worth”; doing something for the community, not to receive accolades but to help.

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Robert Burns promotes Latrobe City

Latrobe City Council has commemorated the contribution of a volunteer who has given 20 years of service. Robert Burns of Churchill has volunteered with Latrobe Visitor Information Centre at Traralgon since 2001. Council staff and volunteers acknowledged his dedication with a celebratory cake during National Volunteer Week recently. Latrobe City Council Mayor, Councillor Sharon Gibson said staff believe Robert has helped 10,400 visitors and locals to explore Latrobe City and surrounds over the years. “He is dedicated, reliable, knowledgeable and a great asset to the team. Many people have been able to see our wonderful City in greater depth thanks to Robert’s expertise and passion,” she said.

Robert’s favourite destination within Latrobe City is the Gippsland Immigration Park at Kernot Hall, Morwell for the inspirational stories told by signs around Morwell Lake. “I enjoy reading about where the immigrants came from and how they’ve made a new life in Gippsland, as well as discovering stories about the region’s indigenous history,” he said. As a volunteer, Robert has taken part in familiarisation tours of the region. “I enjoy helping people and telling people about the area. I’m surprised how many people do not know about the area, even the locals,” he said.

People wishing to volunteer can email or phone 1800 621 409 or 5176 3344. Volunteers with Council require a Working With Children Check and a Police Check. Council welcomes volunteers who can provide excellent customer service and enjoy promoting our wonderful region.