Two volunteer organisations in Beaufort are the beneficiaries of Volunteer Grants thanks to the Coalition Government.

Member for Wannon, Dan Tehan, said he was delighted to see $3,400 from the Coalition Government’s Volunteer Grants Program being awarded to the Beaufort Progress Association to purchase a new public address system, and $4,000  to the 1st Beaufort Scout Group for leadership training, more excursions, and some kitchen equipment.

“It is wonderful to see these two important community groups receive grants from the Coalition Government,” Mr Tehan said.

“The Beaufort Progress Association is a group of volunteer leaders from the Beaufort Community who are working to ensure that the benefits of infrastructure projects in and around Beaufort are enjoyed by all residents. This grant will help them spread their message and engage with their local community.”

“The 1st Beaufort Scout Group will use their grant to purchase a new pie warmer to aid their fundraising efforts, and cover travel costs for both training for their local leaders, and more outings for the scouts themselves. Both these grants are great announcements.”

Mr Tehan said volunteering greatly benefits our communities – both socially and economically.

“The enormous value of volunteering is estimated at $290 billion per year. Australia’s 8.7 million volunteers and their organisations are the backbones of community life.”

“Volunteers embody the best of our community with hundreds of people regularly volunteering their skills, services and time to make life in Beaufort better for those around them.”

Grants of between $1,000 and $5,000 have been awarded to help community organisations for a range of needs, including buying equipment, paying fuel costs, training volunteers or improving their fundraising.

“The Coalition Government’s strong economic management is why we can afford to provide the essential services Australian rely on and support the great work of our volunteers, such as those here in Beaufort.”