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 and a Volunteer Confidentiality Agreement, and read the Volunteer Policy and the Volunteer Handbook

Council currently accepts volunteers in the folloiwng 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 0488 181 758;
  • Emmaville Mining Museum [Section 355 Community Committee of Council] - call 6730 2314;
  • Friends of the Library - call 6730 2314.

Engaging with Communities

Council conducted an extensive Community Engagement program through to the end of August  2010. The strategies of that program have now all be met.  Council is consulting with the community to develop a new 2017-2027 Community Strategic Plan.  Information about 2017 community engagement sessions will be announced shortly.

Read the summary results of the Customer Survey conducted by Council in July 2020.

Council invites local not for profit community groups to submit a written application requesting a donation during the 2021/2022 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.
The closing date for requests is Friday, 20 August 2021. All applications submitted by 4.30pm on this day will be considered by the Committee, with recommendations to Council addressed in a report at the September 2021 Council Meeting. Successful groups will be notified in writing in early October 2021.
Community Groups that received a Community Donation during the 2020/2021 Financial Year were requested to return a Donation Report to Council by 30 June 2021. Council kindly asks any groups that have not yet returned this report to Council to do so as soon as possible. Groups that do not return this report may not receive a donation during the next funding round.