NOTE: Picture taken prior to social distancing restrictions.

NSW Nationals Member for Tweed Geoff Provest says the contribution of volunteers has never been so important and National Volunteer Week is the perfect time to say thank you.

“The last 12 months have been challenging for our community and there is no better time to recognise those local heroes who’ve gone above and beyond to help others,” Mr Provest said.

From fighting bushfires, delivering food to vulnerable Australians in isolation and helping out with the weekend sport, our volunteers are all local champions.

The NSW Nationals know all too well that volunteers freely give their time and skills to support others and play a vital role in our communities. Their contribution is vital to supporting families, providing employment pathways for young people and strengthening community resilience.

To recognise these great local champions, nominations have opened for the 2020 NSW Volunteer of the Year Awards, giving the community the opportunity to nominate selfless locals that have stood tall during drought, bushfires and the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The NSW Volunteer of the Year Awards are a great way to recognise the incredible work of our volunteers and I would encourage everyone to nominate someone so we can make this year’s awards the biggest yet,” Mr Provest said.

The awards, run by the Centre for Volunteering, are in their fourteenth year and have grown to become one of the largest celebrations of volunteering in Australia.

You can nominate someone for one of the following seven categories:
• Adult Volunteer of the Year
• Young Volunteer of the Year
• Senior Volunteer of the Year
• Volunteer Team of the Year
• Corporate Volunteer of the Year (Individual)
• Corporate Volunteer of the Year (Team)
• Excellence in Volunteer Management

Nominations close on Friday, July 3. For more information or to nominate a volunteer, visit www.volunteering.com.au/awards.