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Parliamentary Questions

Question Without Notice No. 10 asked in the Legislative Council on 15 February 2022 by Hon Sophia Moermond

Minister responding: Hon R.R. Whitby
Parliament: 41 Session: 1

Answered on 15 February 2022

VOLUNTEERING WA — AWARENESS CAMPAIGN

10. Hon SOPHIA MOERMOND to the Minister for Volunteering:

Volunteering is a lifeblood to many in our community. Services provided by volunteers are relied on by organisations in a wide variety of areas: from sport to aged care; disability services to land management; and wildlife rescue and beach patrols through to cultural heritage. Volunteering WA, which makes a huge difference, especially in regional areas by connecting thousands of volunteers to many community organisations in our state, recently launched a volunteering awareness campaign in response to some shocking new figures. The national trend over the last six years has seen a 22 per cent drop in volunteerism and is projected to blow out to 40 per cent by 2030.

(1) Can the minister outline what initial response to the recent volunteering awareness campaign has been received?

(2) With many areas in regional WA currently without an existing volunteer resource centre administered by Volunteering WA, can the minister please outline what steps he has taken to ensure that volunteering services reach regional areas?

Hon STEPHEN DAWSON replied:

This question was not received before 11 o'clock today, so I have not seen it. The member might just check whether it has been lodged. It certainly has not come to my attention.