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 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 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 the 2021 community engagement sessions will be announced shortly.

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

 

AUSTRALIA DAY AWARDS 2022

Nominations will be accepted until 4.30pm on Tuesday, 14 December 2021. 

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 2022 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 NOMINATION FORM

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 NOMINATION FORM

 Community Event of the Year: The Australia Day Council Plaque and certificate of recognition. 

 COMMUNITY EVENT NOMINATION FORM

Voluntary Community Organisation of the Year: The Australia Day Council Plaque and certificate of recognition. 

 VOLUNTARY COMMUNITY ORGANISATION NOMINATION FORM

Emergency Services Volunteer of the Year:  The Australia Day Council Plaque and certificate of recognition. 

EMERGENCY SERVICES VOLUNTEER NOMINATION FORM

Environmental Citizen of the Year: The Australia Day Council Plaque and certificate of recognition. 

ENVIRONMENTAL CITIZEN NOMINATION FORM

Young Environmental Citizen of the Year (School aged):  The Australia Day Council Plaque and certificate of recognition.

 
 
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 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.
 
Applications will open again in July 2022 and will close on Friday, 19 August 2022. All applications that are submitted by 4.30pm on this day will be 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.
 

2021 COMMUNITY DONATIONS REPORT FORM