Recognising our volunteers

Member for Eastern Victoria Region Melina Bath is encouraging people across Gippsland to nominate volunteers from within the region for this year’s Victorian Premier’s Volunteer Champions Awards.

“Volunteers play a significant role is so many different organisations and communities across Gippsland,” Ms Bath said.

“These contributions in our rural and regional towns and communities are invaluable and cover a vast range of activities.”

“I recently attended the Churchill Lions Community Market, which is held on the third Saturday of each month, along with my colleague the Member for Morwell, Russell Northe. What a great initiative of the Lions Club of Churchill to start up this monthly market two years ago. It’s been a real success.”

The 2017 Champion Awards will recognise up to 60 volunteers of different ages and cultural backgrounds in the categories of Leadership, Impact, Service and Teamwork.

One of the four category winners will then be announced as the overall Premier’s Volunteer of the Year and will receive the prestigious Dame Elizabeth Murdoch Award plus a $10,000 government donation to a charity of their choice.

The Victorian Premier’s Volunteer Champions Awards ceremony will be held in December, to coincide with the International Day of the Volunteer.

“The Premier’s Volunteer Champions Awards provide a great opportunity to acknowledge hard-working volunteers and to say ‘thank you’,” Ms Bath concluded.

Award nominations close on 14 August at 5pm.

For more information or to nominate a volunteer check the Awards’ website here: