Clarence City Council thanks volunteers

VOLUNTEERS are the backbone of the Clarence community.

For many of these people, helping others or the environment is a way of life that benefits the whole municipality.

A “thank you” reception was held during National Volunteers Week recently in honour of the many volunteers who make Clarence a better place to live.

More than 80 people from the community attended the evening function at Clarence on the Bay at Kangaroo Bay on 22 May.

Alison Lai, resident and chief executive officer of Volunteering Tasmania, was welcomed as the guest speaker and spoke about the role of the organisation and the significance of volunteering in the state.

Clarence Mayor Doug Chipman said the value of volunteers should never be underestimated or taken for granted.

“A profound impact can be made on entire communities like Clarence through the donation of even a small amount of time,” he said.

“Volunteering plays a key part in developing our community’s sense of belonging, worth and resilience and we truly value the contribution of all our volunteers.”

Community members wanting to volunteer in the community are encouraged to approach one of the many groups in Clarence.

Alternatively, the Clarence Community Volunteer Service, run in partnership with Council, is always on the lookout for volunteers to help with a range of tasks from gardening to grocery shopping.

For more information on this service, visit www.ccc.tas.gov.au/volunteers

Caption: From left, Trevor Semmens from City Wide Baptist Church, Michael Hovington from Scouts Tasmania Sandford Group, Clarence Mayor Doug Chipman, Dermot Cottuli from One Community Together, Ros Jones from Howrah Bowls Club, Demi Smith from Clarence City Council’s Youth Network Advisory Group and Alison Lai, CEO of Volunteering Tasmania at the 2018 Clarence City Council Volunteers Reception.