The Nationals Senator for Victoria, Bridget McKenzie has hosted Senator Mitch Fifield, Shadow Minister for Disabilities, Carers and the Voluntary Sector in central Victoria.
The Senators visited the not-for-profit volunteer organisation Our Place in Eaglehawk.
Senator McKenzie said regional Victorians were passionate volunteers, and the people of Greater Bendigo were no exception.
“From local sporting clubs to community groups there are approximately 500,000 people in the regions who selflessly donate their time and skills to help others.
“There are over 90 people volunteering at Our Place, which is an excellent example of community contribution and highlights the important work being done locally.”
Our Place Director Tracey Wolsley welcomed the Senators and said Bendigo’s voluntary sector was vital.
“It’s important to highlight how innovation can respond to the needs of a community, and hopefully support and continue to support those who need it most.
As a Shadow Minister, Senator Fifield said it was important to gain an insight into the services regional communities provide in order to support each other.
“I love Rev. Tracey’s philosophy – ‘we do what we can, when we can, with what we can.’ This is the essence of volunteerism.”
The new Our Place facility officially opens on June 22, 2012.
The Senators were also given wooden trees to paint, which will form part of the Our House art show, when the gallery opens on July 28, 2012.
Senator McKenzie said she was impressed by the expanded services, which also included Our Shed.
“Rev. Tracey’s commitment to sourcing funding and resources requires significant creativity and entrepreneurship.”
Senator McKenzie said Senator Fifield’s visit to central Victoria highlighted the Coalition’s commitment to supporting regional Victoria’s volunteers.