Amanda Rishworth, Federal Minister for Social Services, speaks with Sunbury volunteers. Photo / supplied.

Sunbury’s volunteers recognised for vital support

Sunbury volunteers, and organisations that depend on their support, met with Federal Minister for Social Services, Amanda Rishworth, at Sunbury and Cobaw Community Health this week.

Minister Rishworth chatted with volunteers asking about the different types of work that they do and spoke with leaders of businesses and community groups such as local food banks, neighbourhood houses, Rotary clubs, and disability service Distinctive Options.

Representatives of Sunbury and Cobaw Community Health and Volunteering Victoria spoke of the vital role volunteers play in the community, and the benefits volunteering can have.

Many of Sunbury and Cobaw Community Health’s programs are supported by volunteers including its social support and carer respite groups, the Parent Child Mother Goose program, and community events such as Puppy Pride.

Minister Rishworth said volunteers were vital to ensuring strong and vibrant communities, particularly in regional and remote areas across Australia. 

Member for Hawke Sam Rae also thanked volunteers who work in the area. 

“Our local volunteers do so much for our community here in Hawke. Whether they’re involved in local sporting clubs, helping those in need or providing a space for locals to come together, they do a great job,” Mr Rae said.

Sam Rae MP at the Sunbury and Cobaw Community Health event. Photo / supplied.