The spotlight will shine on local volunteers and the outstanding contributions they make to our community during National Volunteer Week (12th – 18th May) celebrations.


Member for Kallangur, Mr Trevor Ruthenberg, said the 25th anniversary of National Volunteer Week was the perfect time to look at the contribution of volunteers in the past, as well as how local volunteers and organisations can better connect in the future.


“Our hard-working volunteers deserve to be celebrated this week and every week of the year,” Mr Ruthenberg said.


“The Newman Government promised to revitalise frontline services for families, and the Queenslanders who give their time are positively contributing to frontline community organisations.”


Mr Ruthenberg said the internet had revolutionised the way people volunteer and how organisations could recruit volunteers.


“Some clear trends have emerged over the past 25 years in terms of volunteering, and it continues to evolve through technology and people’s changing lifestyles,” Mr Ruthenberg said.


“The internet and technology have created new ways to volunteer, and opened up more opportunities for those who want to volunteer. “


The theme of this year’s National Volunteer Week is: Celebrate the power of volunteering.


Member for Pine Rivers, Mr Seath Holswich, is hosting several events this week to recognise and support local volunteers.


Mr Holswich hosted a training seminar for Pine Rivers Justices of the Peace today, which has been attended by over 100 JPs.


“As well as providing training for our JPs and Comm Decs, we have also recognised long serving JPs, who between them have over 500 years of service to their community,” Mr Holswich said.


Mr Holswich is also hosting free training sessions for community organisations on Thursday to train volunteers in the use of social media and writing grant applications.


“Our community organisations are at the frontline of building a better Pine Rivers and I am committed to supporting them and helping them in achieving their goals.”


For more information about volunteering and Queensland events for National Volunteer Week, visit www.volunteeringqld.org.au