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Time is running out for $3,000 available for local volunteer organisation.



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TIME IS RUNNING OUT FOR $3,000 AVAILABLE FOR LOCAL VOLUNTEER ORGANISATIONS Thursday, 6 July 2006

Federal Member for Barker, Mr Patrick Secker MP, today reminded local not-for-profit organisations to apply for up to $3,000 to purchase equipment which will assist volunteers in their work.

Minister for Families and Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, Mal Brough, announced the opening of applications under the Australian Government’s Volunteer Small Equipment Grants (VSEG) 2006 on the 9th of June, with the round closing on the 21st of July.

“With only two more weeks to go local community organisations need to ensure they have their applications in to be eligible for the grants, providing up to $3,000 to help them buy small equipment items to make the work of their volunteers easier, safer and more enjoyable,” said Mr Secker.

“Volunteer groups can go online to www.facsia.gov.au and submit an application, or they can request a paper based application kit by phoning 1800 152 259. Any questions should be directed to the VSEG hotline on 1800 197 760, but all applications must be received by 5pm AEST 21st July 2006.

“In previous years, organisations have used the VSEG grants to purchase items such as trailers, fridges, garden tools and computers.

“These grants recognise the valuable work Australia’s volunteers do in their local communities and are an ongoing part of the Government’s Stronger Families and Communities Strategy - Local Answers Initiative.”