Free trip to Sydney possible for Katherine volunteers

 SAVE A LIFE: Grace Odgaard, David Travers and Ron Green help make up the Katherine emergency services taskforce.
SAVE A LIFE: Grace Odgaard, David Travers and Ron Green help make up the Katherine emergency services taskforce.

Scholarships are now open for Katherine people to attend this year’s National Volunteering Conference.

The conference will be held in Sydney from June 20-22. 

NT Senator Nigel Scullion said the scholarships would support volunteer coordinators and community leaders in the Territory to travel to Sydney for the national conference.

“The scholarships recognise the vital role volunteers play in our communities by funding conference registration, accommodation and travel costs for managers and leaders of volunteers in rural, regional or disadvantaged communities,” Senator Scullion said.

“Volunteers in the Northern Territory are at the heart of our community – from fighting fires, to raising money for local sport and caring for our most vulnerable. 

“I strongly encourage the leaders, managers and coordinators of volunteer and community organisations to apply for the scholarships so they take an active part in shaping volunteering into the future,” he said. 

Social Services minister Dan Tehan said the conference funding was part of the Australian Government’s $63 million support for volunteering to 2020-21.

“It’s important to support the Australians who sacrifice their time and energy giving back to the community,” Mr Tehan said.

Volunteering Australia will assess the applications on merit.

For information go to: http://nvc2018.com.au/

Applications close March 15.