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Spotlight shines on Shire volunteers

Around 150 community contributors were recognised by the Shire on Wednesday, December 5 as part annual ‘Thank a Volunteer Day’ celebrations.

6 December 2018
TVD

Firefighters, library friends, neighbourhood watch devotees and environmental warriors were among a mix of local volunteers treated to a special Christmas lunch by the Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale with support from the Department of Communities.

Around 150 community contributors were recognised by the Shire on Wednesday, December 5 as part annual ‘Thank a Volunteer Day’ celebrations.

Shire President Cr Michelle Rich said a Christmas lunch at the Byford & Districts Country Club was a deserved gesture for hard-working volunteers across the shire.

“Volunteers come from all walks of life and are really the cornerstone of our community,” Cr Rich said.

“At Wednesday’s lunch we hosted people from a variety of different groups including bushfire brigades, library friends, sporting groups, Justices of the Peace, committee members, Neighbourhood Watch volunteers, and many others.

“It was a fun, relaxing way to thank people for their role in the community and the contribution they make to the lives of so many others.”

Cr Rich said volunteers across all services and groups were a lifeblood of the community. “Volunteers not only help in a practical sense but they also embody that selfless community spirit which makes the Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale such a special place to live,” she said.

“Without these dedicated volunteers the Shire would certainly be a different place.”

Cr Rich said there were many opportunities to become a volunteer across the Shire and that the Christmas lunch was a way to shine a spotlight on many people who help make the community a better place and ask for nothing in return.