Tasmania Shadow Minister for Community Development Elise Archer
National Volunteer Week
Victor P Taffa
The Tasmanian Liberals this week pay tribute to the thousands of Tasmanians who give up their own time to act as volunteers.
Volunteers across the state perform a wide range of duties in a variety of areas across all walks of life, Shadow Minister for Community Development Elise Archer said today.
“National Volunteer Week provides a platform to pay tribute to volunteers who generously give their time and energy to benefit others.”
“2011 marks the 10 year anniversary of the United Nations International Year of the Volunteer, and the 2011 National Volunteer Week theme, “Inspiring the Volunteer in You” is all about encouraging people to get involved in volunteering.” Ms. Archer said.
“Volunteer organisations in Tasmania are continually faced with a number of unique challenges. Volunteers are often forced to drive long distances at their own expense, while organisations that rely on volunteers are facing the combined impact of increasing demands for their services and a declining number of volunteers.”
“The Green-Labor Government needs to ensure that they develop a clear strategy to increase the volunteer rate in Tasmania, work with organisations to help them invest to develop their volunteer management capacity into the future and to ensure that these vital services are not left for dead.” Ms. Archer said.