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National Volunteer Week 2023

National Volunteer Week 2023
18 May 2023

To celebrate National Volunteer Week, City of Mount Gambier hosted a morning tea this week to acknowledge the contribution of volunteers across the organisation.

The theme for National Volunteer Week 2023 is The Change Makers, recognising volunteers who give their time and energy to change our communities.

"As we come together during National Volunteer Week, we celebrate the spirit of volunteering and recognise the remarkable contributions volunteers make to our local community," said City of Mount Gambier CEO Sarah Philpott.

"Each and every one of our volunteers play an important role in fostering healthy, resilient communities and contributes significantly to the quality and vibrancy of our City," said Ms Philpott.

At the City of Mount Gambier, volunteers enhance the capacity to deliver services across many areas, from the Mount Gambier Library, Riddoch Arts and Cultural Centre, ReUse Market, and Valley Lake Conservation Park, and provide invaluable assistance to community events throughout the year.

Whether it's being inspired by the exhibits at The Riddoch, tucking into a good book from our library, finding pre-loved treasures at the ReUse Market, enjoying vibrant community events, or appreciating the beauty of the Valley Lake Conservation Park, our community members directly experience the positive change brought about by our dedicated volunteers. Mayor of Mount Gambier Lynette Martin OAM

City of Mount Gambier's longstanding volunteer Matthew Byrne was presented with a Premier's Certificate of Recognition today for outstanding volunteer service.

Matthew has been a dedicated volunteer with the City of Mount Gambier for over 16 years, undertaking roles on the Council Youth Advisory Committee and Christmas Parade Advisory Group, and as Head Marshal for the Christmas Parade event. Matthew has also dedicated his time as a volunteer with the South Australian Country Fire Service for the past 21 years.

City of Mount Gambier also offers appreciation to the sporting, cultural and service clubs, emergency volunteers and non-government organisations for their invaluable contribution to Mount Gambier.

"I have the privilege of witnessing firsthand the extraordinary efforts of volunteers across our City, and I am amazed by what we can achieve when we work together. The collective impact we make on Mount Gambier is truly astonishing," said Mayor Martin.

Mayor Martin presenting the Premier's Certificate of Recognition to volunteer Matthew Byrne.
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Mayor Martin presenting the Premier's Certificate of Recognition to volunteer Matthew Byrne.

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