Volunteers to be honoured

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Nominations for this year’s Busselton-Dunsborough Volunteer of the Year Awards are open, with community members being urged to nominate before the April 9 closing date.

Now in its third year, the awards acknowledge the value that volunteers add to the community by recognising the exceptional and outstanding contribution of time, work skills, life experience, continued support and commitment particular individuals have made.

Volunteer centre co-ordinator Carl Holroyd said volunteers were the backbone of the community and many services in the region would not function without volunteers.

“It is important to recognise them because they are the unsung heroes and it is nice to shine a spotlight on what people are doing,” he said.

The awards will coincide with National Volunteer Week and have also been extended to recognise those relatively new to volunteering with the Lion’s Club of Busselton sponsoring the “Volunteer with less than three years’ service” award.

The other awards include “highly recommended”, The Harvey Norman Open Award, Geographe Camping and Tackle World Seniors Award, the Apex Youth Award and Rotary Tourism and Events award, with each prized values at $300.

Vasse MLA Libby Mettam said Busselton’s place as the event’s capital was largely dependent on the amount of willing volunteers who contributed to the community.

Any member of the public can nominate a volunteer as long as they have the consent of the volunteer and the volunteer is associated with a not-for-profit organisation.

Nominations are open between March 12 and April 9 at bdvolunteers.org.au. The awards will be held on Monday May 21 at the City of Busselton Civic Reception Room.

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