Over $130,000 in Local Volunteer Grants

Federal Member for Blaxland, Jason Clare MP, today congratulated the Bankstown Public School P&C Committee for being awarded $1,952 under the Federal Government’s Volunteer Grants Program.


Bankstown Public School Parent Representative Committee is one of 34 local organisations in our local area to share in over $130,000 in funding to support the work of their volunteers.

“The Volunteer Grants Program is a great way to directly support volunteers who selflessly give up their time to help others,” Mr Clare said.

“Between $1,000 and $5,000 will go to local groups to contribute to their volunteers’ fuel costs and purchase much-needed equipment.

“Grants will also help with the transport costs of volunteers with disabilities who are unable to drive and need to use public transport or taxis as part of their volunteering role.

Bankstown Public School Parent Representative Committee will use this grant to cover the transport costs for their volunteers who are unable to drive as well as to purchase a microwave oven and a water cooler for their community room.

91 year old Florence Graham, affectionately known as ‘Nana’ by the school community, has been volunteering at Bankstown Public School twice a week for over fifteen years.

This grant now means that Bankstown Public School can transport Nana to and from the school for the twice weekly Playgroup for pre-schoolers which she helps to run.

“This will mean I can continue to help out at the school – which is something I love to do,” Mrs Graham said.

“Volunteers play such an important role in our community it is difficult to imagine where we would be without them,” Mr Clare said.

To find out more about Volunteer Grants 2012 visit www.fahcsia.gov.au or call 1800 183 374.

Media contact: Chris Zogopoulos 9790 2466


34 organisations in Blaxland will receive funding under the Volunteer Grants program: 


   Jieng Community Association (DINKA)  

Digital camera, video camera, laptop, external hard drive (incl. operating system), printer, overhead projector, screen and laminator


African Diversity Council of Australia

Petrol, background screening checks for volunteers


Australian Civil Air Patrol

Training courses


Australian Gold Cross Association


Computer software, laptop, external hard drive (incl. operating system), desk, printer, petrol and photocopier



Australian Tamil Seniors Association NSW Incorporated

Computer, photocopier and printer


Bankstown Sports Senior Cricket Club

Training courses, first aid kit and sunshade


Bankstown North Public School P&C

Sunshade, urn, kitchen equipment, barbeque, small garden shed and shelving.


Bankstown Public School P&C

Transport costs (for volunteers with disability, who are unable to drive), microwave and water cooler


Bankstown West Public School P&C

Barbeque, cash register (portable), fire extinguisher/fire blanket, petrol and portable stove oven


Bor County Youth Association NSW

Television, background screening checks for volunteers, computer, software, first aid kit and portable PA system.


Darulfatwa Islamic High Council Australia

Bookcase (demountable), printer, computer (incl. operating system)


Federation of the Congolese Council of Australia

Background screening checks for volunteers, television, computer software (non-operating), data projector, barbeque and microwave.


Finnish Lutheran Church of Southern Cross

Freezer, kitchen equipment, microwave, refrigerator and gardening equipment.




Ford Performance Vehicles – Tickford Club of NSW

Barbeque, petrol, trailer, heater (portable), and sunshade


Georges River Grammar School, P&F

Tables, trolley, shed, barbeque and portable PA system.


Granville Men’s Shed (Granville Multicultural Community Centre)



Granville South Creative and Performing Arts High School P&C

Barbeque, air-conditioner/evaporative cooler (incl. installation), digital camera, bain-marie, esky and kitchen equipment


Guilford Probus

Digital camera, laptop, computer software, overhead projector/screen, printer and portable PA system.


Heartbeat Community Care Trust

Trolley, air-conditioner and couch


Holroyd Rangers Soccer Club

Printer and laptop


Indian Cultural and Spiritual Centre

Refrigerator, laptop, water tank (incl. installation), trailer, printer and training courses


     Islamic Charity Projects Association

Computer, binding machine and portable PA system


Muslim Community Radio

Computer, desk, overhead projector screen, and microwave


Regents Park Community Church

Shed, shelving and sunshade


Rumbek Youth Association in NSW

Digital camera, laptop, petrol, video camera, overhead projector/screen and printer


Somali Welfare and Cultural Association

Laptop and video camera


St John Ambulance Bankstown Youth Division

Computer software, petrol, first aid kit, laptop and data projector



The Charitable Islamic Association

Barbeque, petrol, digital camera, laptop, first aid kit and video camera



Berala Public School P&C

Petrol, tables, Stereo/CD player (portable small audio equipment) and sewing machine


The Friends of Linnwood

Portable PA system, vacuum cleaner and storage containers



Bankstown Older Women’s Network

Public address (PA) system (portable)


Bankstown Greek Older Women’s Network

Public address (PA) system (portable) and cabinet


Twic Mayardit Association for Development

Computer software, laptop and video camera


Youth Uniting Church Bankstown

Petrol, data projector, training courses laptop, desk/workstation and barbeque