This week we celebrate National Volunteer Week, giving us all the opportunity to promote the role of volunteers in our community and to say thank you to the more than 6 million Australians who give their time in the service of others.
I want to take this opportunity to especially thank all volunteers in the Hastings community for the work you do.
It’s hard to think of any sector in the community that isn't touched by volunteering and to which volunteers make a vital contribution.
Volunteers provide support and care for the elderly, they look after our beautiful natural environment through Landcare groups, they are responsible for running our local junior and senior sporting clubs and at the times when the community is at its most vulnerable, our emergency services volunteers in CFA, Coast Guards and Surf Lifesavers just to name a few: are there to protect us.
One of the best things we can all do is to roll up our sleeves and get involved.
Research tells us that just a few hours of volunteer work makes a difference in people’s happiness. It’s proven that volunteers are healthier and even sleep better than those who don’t volunteer. The experience of helping others provides meaning, a sense of self-worth and an important social role in the community.
I am proud to be part of a Victorian Liberal-Nationals team that is committed to actively supporting and respecting all volunteers in our community.
My role as a Member of Parliament is so rewarding because I work directly with volunteer organisations to understand how government can better recognise and facilitate the significant contribution volunteers make to our community.
NEALE BURGESS MP
State Member for Hastings
Shadow Minister for Small and Medium Sized Enterprises