Community Engagement and Volunteering

Volunteering with Council: We value the work volunteers do for our local community.

Council aspires to make the volunteer experience an enjoyable and rewarding one while encouraging personal and professional development. Council provides a supportive and safe working environment for its volunteers and understands the value of volunteers' commitment to our Local Government Area.

Why become a volunteer?

Becoming a volunteer is a great way to:

  • get actively involved in your community
  • help someone else
  • build self-confidence
  • meet new people
  • feel valued by the community
  • learn new skills
  • gain valuable job experience, and
  • make a difference

How can I get involved?

Those wishing to become a volunteer can complete a Volunteer Application Form(PDF, 23KB) and a Volunteer Confidentiality Agreement(PDF, 301KB), and read the Volunteer Policy(PDF, 497KB) and the Volunteer Handbook(PDF, 830KB)

Council currently accepts volunteers in the following areas of its operations:

  • Visitor Information Centre - call 6730 2400
  • Australian Celtic Festival - call 6730 2408
  • Minerama Fossicking Gem and Jewellery Show [Section 355 Community Committee of Council] - call 6730 2318
  • Emmaville Mining Museum [Section 355 Community Committee of Council] - call 6730 2318
  • Friends of the Library - call 6730 2611

Engaging with Communities

Council recently consulted with the community to develop a new 2022-2032 Community Strategic Plan.

Read the summary results of the Customer Survey(PDF, 4MB) conducted by Council in July 2020.

Australia Day Awards

Australia Day Awards

Nominations for the 2023 Australia Day Awards must be received by Council by 4.30pm on Tuesday, 13 December 2022. 

The aim of these awards is to honour, on Australia Day, the voluntary achievements of fellow citizens, community groups and community events by recognising their outstanding contribution to our community through community or service work, or through individual dedication and contribution to a particular group or the whole community, during any period of time. 

The Award categories for the 2023 Australia Day ceremony are: 

Citizen of the Year

The Australia Day Council Plaque and certificate of recognition, Glen Innes Severn Council ‘Citizen of the Year’ Perpetual Shield (which is kept on display at Council). 

CITIZEN OF THE YEAR NOMINATION FORM(PDF, 201KB)

 Young Citizen of the Year:

The Australia Day Council Plaque and certificate of recognition, Glen Innes Severn Council ‘Young Citizen of the Year’ Perpetual Shield (which is kept on display at Council). 

YOUNG CITIZEN OF THE YEAR NOMINATION FORM(PDF, 197KB)

 Community Event of the Year:

The Australia Day Council Plaque and certificate of recognition. 

COMMUNITY EVENT OF THE YEAR NOMINATION FORM(PDF, 201KB)

Voluntary Community Organisation of the Year:

The Australia Day Council Plaque and certificate of recognition. 

VOLUNTARY COMMUNITY ORGANISATION OF THE YEAR NOMINATION FORM(PDF, 197KB)

 Emergency Services Volunteer of the Year

The Australia Day Council Plaque and certificate of recognition. 

EMERGENCY SERVICES VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR NOMINATION FORM(PDF, 197KB)

 Environmental Citizen of the Year: 

The Australia Day Council Plaque and certificate of recognition. 

ENVIRONMENTAL CITIZEN OF THE YEAR NOMINATION FORM(PDF, 197KB)

 Young Environmental Citizen of the Year (School aged)

The Australia Day Council Plaque and certificate of recognition.

 
 Senior Sportsperson of the Year (Senior Sportsperson and Contribution to Sport)
The Australia Day Council Plaque and certificate of recognition.
Note: this is a new award following the dissolution of the Glen Innes and District Sports Council which previously recognised excellence in sport through an annual awards night.
 
 
 Individual Junior Sportsperson of the Year (15 and under as at 26/1/2023)
The Australia Day Council Plaque and certificate of recognition.
Note: this is a new award following the dissolution of the Glen Innes and District Sports Council which previously recognised excellence in sport through an annual awards night.
 

 

Community Donations

Community Donations

Open July to August each year

Council invites local not for profit community groups to submit a written application requesting a donation during the 2022/2023 Financial Year, up to the value of $1,500 for projects that will benefit the community. Council has a total of $15,000 available for distribution which includes $5,000 received from the Sapphire Wind Farm Community Benefit Fund.

Please note applicants must use Council’s Application Form for Community Donations, which lists the application guidelines. Council does not make donations to individuals. Application forms are available at the Town Hall Office, on Council’s website (see link below) or by contacting Council on 6730 2300. For further information please contact Danielle Mepham on 6730 2318.

Applications closed on Friday, 19 August 2022. All applications that were submitted by 4.30pm on this day were considered by the Committee, with recommendations to Council addressed in a report at the September 2022 Ordinary Council Meeting. Successful groups will be notified in writing in early October 2022.

Community Groups that received a Community Donation during the 2021/2022 Financial Year are requested to return a Donation Report to Council by 30 June 2022. Groups that do not return this report may not receive a donation during the next funding round.

2022 COMMUNITY DONATIONS APPLICATION FORM

2022 COMMUNITY DONATIONS REPORT FORM

Overdue Acquittals - 2021 COMMUNITY DONATIONS REPORT FORM

COMMUNITY DONATIONS POLICY