Volunteering 'worth the effort'

Bright’s Pioneer Park Recreation Reserve Secretary Ian Richardson said his nine years as a volunteer had been ‘worth the effort’ after he stepped down at last Thursday’s (29/07/10) annual general meeting (AGM).

Several committees recently held their AGM’s with the hope of attracting new volunteers who they rely on to provide their respective services.

Bright Community Centre, Bright Senior Citizens and Mount Beauty Community Centre have already held their AGM’s while the Myrtleford Indoor Sports Stadium will hold their incorporation meeting on Monday, 9 August.

“It’s been worth the effort but like most things in life it is time for something else,” Mr Richardson said.

“If you’re going to be a volunteer you have to be prepared to have a go and do your share.”

Mr Richardson has overseen some improvements to the Reserve after only becoming a volunteer because he ‘liked to be involved in community fairs and had a bit of spare time on his hands’.

“A very substantial equestrian area has been developed and the whole park has generally been cleaned up,” he said.

“The park has become quite a feature for the shire with good usage, especially for the township of Bright.

Various grants have been made available by working in cooperation with the shire and the different clubs to improve the park.”

Mount Beauty Community Centre President Alby Chalmers has been a volunteer for 25 years and said the Committee always welcomed extra support.

“Some people occasionally will give us a hand,” he said.

“The people that use the centre are pretty good in that they leave the place the way they find it.

"We don’t have a paid cleaner and without the volunteers the place would not run.”

Recreation and Leisure Officer Stephen Henderson said volunteers played a crucial role in providing services and facilities for the community.

“The volunteer committee’s of management spend a great deal of their time to provide these venues and options for the community,” he said.

“It is fantastic for the shire to have so many selfless people who will give up their time to ensure the Alpine Shire remains a great place to live.

"Without the volunteers we would be unable to provide all of these services. ”

If you are interested in volunteering contact Recreation and Leisure Officer Stephen Henderson on 5755 0555.


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