Hon Stephen Dawson MLC

Hon Stephen Dawson MLC

Minister for Emergency Services; Innovation and ICT; Medical Research; Volunteering

    Lotterywest funding to recognise volunteers

    28/04/2022 2:00 PM
    • National Volunteer Week grants program will fund 178 organisations across WA
    • Volunteer involving organisations will share in $200,950
    • Grants are funded by Lotterywest and managed by Volunteering WA

    Nearly 180 volunteer involving organisations will share in over $200,000 in Lotterywest funding to recognise their volunteers during National Volunteer Week.


    Volunteering Minister Stephen Dawson today announced that 178 organisations, from Broome in the north to Esperance in the south, and even including the Cocos Islands and Christmas Island, would be funded through the National Volunteer Week grants program to acknowledge and celebrate their volunteers.


    The program is funded by Lotterywest and managed by Volunteering WA.


    Organisations being funded cover a full range of volunteer activities, including sporting clubs, arts organisations, animal welfare groups and State Emergency Service units.


    Recognition of volunteers can be in the form of presentations of awards, memorabilia or events, held during National Volunteer Week.


    Comments attributed to Volunteering Minister Stephen Dawson:


    "These grants will provide an opportunity for volunteer involving organisations across Western Australia to participate in the annual, national recognition of Australia's extraordinary volunteers.


    "National Volunteer Week grants will support communities in acknowledging and celebrating the generous contribution of Western Australia's volunteers to their communities.


    "The McGowan Government is grateful to the hundreds of thousands of volunteers around Western Australia.


    "Without the contributions of volunteers to our economy and our communities, Western Australia would grind to a halt.


    "It's estimated that about 80 per cent of Western Australians are involved in volunteer work of some kind, and the socio-economic and cultural value of volunteering in Western Australia measures well into the billions of dollars.


    "Volunteers contribute significantly toward the economic and social development of our society and in this sense, volunteering could be considered the largest industry in WA."


    Minister's office - 6552 5800