Tuesday, April 27th, 2010
THE City of Bayswater is paying tribute to local volunteers on May 11 at a special function thanking them for their efforts, as part of National Volunteer Week.

Bayswater Mayor Terry Kenyon will recognise volunteers with five, 10 and 15 years’ experience, also acknowledging outstanding contributions of more than 20 years.

"Volunteers are salt of the earth people and, without them, so many things wouldn't be able to happen, whether it's delivering hot meals, working with young people with a disability, driving community buses or any number of activities right across the spectrum," he said.

"They are so important to many organisations and their value is beyond reproach.

“Given their commitment and dedication, it's almost impossible to put a valuation on what they do but a dollar figure for the value of volunteer work in WA is estimated at $800 million dollars annually.

"Volunteers also make the world more sustainable by helping the environment and undertaking conservation work.

“They make the world more caring by providing friendship and support to those in need and they preserve our heritage and enrich the cultural and social fabric of the community.

“Personal change is another benefit – volunteers grow by learning new skills and coming into contact with people from many walks of life, which helps them gain self-confidence and satisfaction from helping others.”

Mayor Kenyon said volunteers play a vital role in the City of Bayswater, helping a vast array of community organisations that would otherwise not be able to provide services to people in need of assistance.

“Arts, cultural, conservation and recreational groups depend upon these volunteers for their existence,” he said.

“According to the Corporation for National and Community Service report Health Benefits of Volunteering: A Review of Recent Research, people who volunteer have less incidence of heart disease.

“This research is particularly relevant to baby boomers, who are receiving as well as giving when they help others – just two hours of volunteering a week can bring meaningful benefits to a person’s body and mind.”

Mayor Kenyon highlighted Meals on Wheels, Autumn River Festival Committee, Morley Library’s Books on Wheels, Bayswater SES and Bayswater Extended Help Community Organisation as just a few of the numerous local volunteer organisations making an important contribution to the community.

“If you are looking to make positive changes in the world around you, volunteering is a pro-active way to help make the changes you would like to see,” he said.

The volunteer function will be held from 5.30pm in the Embleton Room at the City of Bayswater Civic Centre.

mealsonwheels1-2.jpeg: Bayswater Meals on Wheels volunteers Richard Green, of Noranda, and Kevin Anderson, of Morley – just one organisation helping to make the local community a better place.

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City of Bayswater

The City of Bayswater is a local government area in the inner north-eastern suburbs of the West Australian capital city of Perth, about 9km north-east of Perth's CBD, and includes the suburbs of Bayswater, Beford, Embleton, Maylands, Morley and Noranda and parts of Mount Lawley and Dianella. It covers an area of 32.8 square kilometres and has a population of 55,801.

Originally, the Bayswater Road District was created in 1897 and, in 1961, it became a shire before attaining City status in 1983. The City of Bayswater is divided into four wards and represented by 11 councillors with the Mayor elected from among the councillors.

Recent developments in the City of Bayswater include the opening of the Galleria shopping centre in 1994, on the site of the old Boans building that burnt down in 1986. Morley is now the largest commercial district outside of Perth and Fremantle and further growth is expected.
Chris Thomas
P: (08) 9272 0923
W: www.bayswater.wa.gov.au


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