Volunteers Week barbecue at Taree

GREATER Taree City Council will host a barbecue lunch for volunteers next week to mark the 25th anniversary of National Volunteer Week in Australia (May 12 to 18).

Anyone who is involved in volunteering is welcome to come along to Harry Bennett Park in Taree on Friday, May 16 at 11.30am.

This year's campaign theme 'Celebrate the Power of Volunteering' is all about appreciating and understanding the work of volunteers here in the Manning Valley and across the nation.

The city council, along with many other local organisations, relies on the support of volunteers to ensure certain services are available to the community.

Council itself has hundreds of volunteers registered, who provide a range of services to the community, including the maintenance of council's parks and gardens, to fundraising for community facilities like the Manning Regional Art Gallery.

"National Volunteer Week is an opportunity to dedicate and honour our volunteers here at council," Greater Taree City mayor Paul Hogan said.

"It is also a time to honour other volunteers within the Manning Valley who selflessly give up their time to provide essential services to the community."

Brett Williamson, the CEO of the national peak body Volunteering Australia, commended the event to recognise the work of volunteers.

"With six million volunteers nationally, we are thrilled to acknowledge their hard work and dedication, through educating the community about the role volunteers play in society and change the way they are perceived. They truly are to the benefit of every organisation."

Council's barbecue lunch will be held at Harry Bennett Park on River Street near the Martin Bridge), on Friday, May 16 at 11.30am.

Attendees are requested to RSVP by May 13 for catering purposes to gtaree@gtcc.nsw.gov.au or by calling the customer service centre on 6592 5399.