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David Hawker MP Federal Member for Wannon Electorate Office: 190 Gray Street, Hamilton, Vic., 3300 Ph: (03) 5572 1100 or Local Call 1300 131 692 Fax: (03) 55 72 1141 Email: David.Hawker.MP@aph.gov.au Web: www.davidhawker.com.au

Media Release The Hon David Hawker MP Speaker of the House of Representatives Federal Member for Wannon

29 November 2006

GOVERNMENT DELIVERS OVER $5,000 TO LOCAL VOLUNTEERS

The Australian Government will be providing four local community organisations with more than $5,000 through their highly successful Volunteer Small Equipment Grants (VSEG) Programme.

Federal Member for Wannon, David Hawker, had great pleasure in advising local groups of their success in this year’s round.

“This funding provides much welcome basic support for the volunteers who give of themselves to help our local community,” Mr Hawker said.

“In particular, the grants will allow local organisations which may not otherwise be able to afford it to purchase a variety of equipment items to make their work easier, safer and more enjoyable.”

Recipients include the Raglan Public Hall Reserve in Beaufort, the 1st Beaufort Scouts, Amphitheatre Landcare Group, and Beaufort and District Pony Club.

Maria Rice of the 1st Beaufort Scouts said that their grant of $2,500 was fantastic news.

“We’ve been attracting much greater numbers lately with new scouts and more girls joining in, which means more parents and more volunteers. We’ll be purchasing new kitchen equipment, a tent and trailer which will be just great for the group,” Ms Rice said.

Amphitheatre Landcare Group will purchase a photocopier with their grant while the Raglan Public Hall Reserve will add a bain-marie and microwave/convection oven to their assets with their $1,300 grant.

The Beaufort District Pony Club will receive $700 for kitchen equipment and utensils.

Mr Hawker said that these groups are excellent examples of the great work that local volunteers do not only for the region but for the wider community.

“Volunteers provide essential support and services to members of the community who are most in need, and I welcome the Australian Government’s strong support for their work,” he said.

All applicants will be notified in writing as to the outcome of their application, with a full list of successful applicants available at http://www.facsia.gov.au/internet/facsinternet.nsf/aboutfacs/programs/sfsc-vseg_2006.htm

Notice of future VSEG rounds will be available on www.facsia.gov.au and advertised in metropolitan, rural and regional newspapers across Australia.

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Media contact: Jane Templeton (02) 6277 4006