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Local volunteers in finals race

Tuesday, 28th September, 2010

Broken Hill’s Volunteer Community, which was recognised locally in May, has been selected as a finalist in the Regional Achievement and Community Awards; Community of the Year Category. Broken Hill’s Volunteer Community, which was recognised locally in May, has been selected as a finalist in the Regional Achievement and Community Awards; Community of the Year Category.

The city’s volunteer community has been selected as one of three finalists in the 2010 NSW/ACT Regional Achievement and Community Awards; Community of the Year category.

The group was chosen for the NSW Land and Property Management Authority Award (population over 15,000). It will run against Fairy Meadow’s Disability Trust and Tweed Palliative Support Inc in Murwillumbah.

Award co-ordinator Kiri Lewis acknowledged the outstanding achievements and contribution the volunteers made to the community.

“With just under 400 nominations received this year, your nomination and the quality of all nominations received has reinforced the extraordinary commitment and dedication our people and groups in regional and rural NSW and the ACT are making towards their communities,” Ms Lewis said.

Mayor Wincen Cuy said volunteering had a strong history in the city. “Volunteering in Broken Hill has been the platform for the sustainable development of the City since it was founded,” Mayor Cuy said.

“The residents of Broken Hill have always been active participants in the provision of resident support services, environmental change, community governance, economic prosperity, entertainment and political and social activism.”

Today, there are more than 100 volunteer organisations in the city. More than 14.7 per cent (2939 people) of the population is involved in volunteering representing a minimum of $15.3 million to the local economy each year.

The real figure is probably closer to $30 million. The winners will be announced at the gala presentation dinner on Saturday, October 30, to be held at the City Beach Function Centre, Wollongong.

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