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Volunteer and make the Western Downs the happiest place in Queensland

11 May 2015

Western Downs Regional Council is encouraging residents to celebrate the valuable contributions of our region’s volunteers and give a little happiness during National Volunteer Week from Monday 11 to Sunday 17 May, with this year’s theme “Give Happy, Live Happy”.

Spokesperson for Community and Cultural Development and Health Services Councillor Carolyn Tillman said according to Volunteering Australia, just a few hours of volunteer work makes a difference in happiness and mood.

“Volunteers are a valuable resource in our region and many of our local organisations depend on them for their ongoing sustainability and services to communities,” she said.

“At Council we applaud the tireless work and commitment of our volunteers to their local communities. Their support and contributions across our Visitor Information Centres, Libraries and arts and cultural centres is invaluable and Council is pleased to show our appreciation at this time of the year when volunteers are recognised nationally.”

Cr Tillman said without volunteers many activities and services offered by the Libraries, Information Centres and Cultural Centres would not be available.

“At Council we have over 350 dedicated volunteers throughout the region who give their time to assist residents and visitors,” she said.

“The dedication and countless hours donated by our volunteers means that our Libraries can offer services such as borrowing for residents of nursing homes or those who are house-bound, technology support sessions, and storytime for our younger residents.

“Our volunteers provide exceptional service across our Visitor Information Centres, museums and art galleries to ensure residents and visitors can experience, explore and enjoy the best our region has to offer.

“To celebrate National Volunteer Week, on Tuesday the Dalby Visitor Information Centre is taking 20 of its volunteers on a trek throughout the region visiting Warra, Jandowae, Jimbour and Bell Visitor Information Centres as recognition of the work they do for the community.

“Volunteering not only benefits the community but also benefits you personally by meeting like-minded people and creating professional and social networks.

“Studies show volunteering can make us happier and improve our mood so I urge everyone to get out there, try something new, follow your passions, connect and have fun.”

If you are interested in volunteering within the Western Downs Region contact your local service clubs or phone Council on 1300 COUNCIL.

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