The Sunshine Coast Volunteer Stakeholder Reference Group recently circulated a survey among the Sunshine Coast’s volunteers and the results have just come in. The strong response rate is a testament to the health of the volunteer sector on the Coast. The survey covered a number of areas including people’s attitudes toward volunteering such as what do you enjoy about volunteering, what problems you face as a volunteer and what are the main barriers to becoming a volunteer?
The most commonly identified barrier to volunteering was time, followed by a lack of information. Many volunteers had also run into problems with with workplace politics as well as difficulty finding an appropriate work/life balance. The greatest benefits were seen to be the feeling of helping others and making new friends.
The Sunshine Coast Volunteer Stakeholder Reference Group intends to disseminate the survey annually.
You can see the full report here.Read More
NAIDOC Week is held every July to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. In 2017, celebrations will be held across Australia in celebration of the theme: Our Languages Matter. This theme aims to emphasise and celebrate the unique and essential role that Indigenous languages play in cultural identity, linking people to their land and water and in the transmission of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, spirituality and rites, through story and song.
As part of NAIDOC Week celebrations, the Sunshine Coast Council is hosting a flag raising ceremony and traditional performance in the Nambour Council Chambers courtyard.
“Council’s annual flag raising ceremony is a tradition to acknowledge and celebrate NAIDOC Week and the community is invited to attend this free event which includes guest speakers and a traditional performance,” Community Portfolio Councillor Jenny McKay said.
“Following the official proceedings, our guests and visitors will be able to head into Nambour Library to view the Nandjimadji Art Group exhibition which showcases paintings by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living with disability on the Sunshine Coast.
“Our libraries are joining in the NAIDOC Week celebrations by hosting a range of exhibitions, a dot painting demonstration and a talk by recognised local Elder and Aboriginal Dot and Symbol artist Aunty Eve Kitchener.
“I encourage the community to get involved in the fantastic range of events planned throughout NAIDOC Week.”
3 July, 10-11 am
The flag raising ceremony recognises and celebrates the history of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, as well as their contributions to the Sunshine Coast community.
Nambour Library: 3 July to 4 August
The Nandjimadji Art Group exhibition showcases paintings by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living with disability on the Sunshine Coast. Free event and no bookings required. Visit council’s library website for more details.
Beerwah Library: 4 July to 1 August
Paintings from Aunty Eve Kitchener, recognised local Elder and Aboriginal Dot and Symbol Artist – Wiraduri Tribe and from the Stolen Generation. The exhibition also includes various artworks that were gifted to Nungeena and Liza Bloomfield. Free event and no bookings required. Visit council’s library website for more details.
Maroochydore Library: 6 July at 11.30am
Kenilworth Library: 7 July at 11am
View the intricate work of dot painting by members of the Nandjimadji Art Group. Artists will demonstrate dot painting skills and the application of traditional techniques using contemporary mediums. Free event and no bookings required. Visit council’s library website for more details.
Beerwah Library: 7 July at 11am
Aunty Eve Kitchener is a recognised local Elder and Aboriginal Dot and Symbol Artist. She is from the Wiraduri Tribe and the Stolen Generation. Hear Aunty Eve talk about her artwork which will feature in the Nungeena Women’s Exhibition which also includes various artworks that were gifted to Nungeena and Liza Bloomfield. Free event and light refreshments will be provided. Bookings via council’s library website.
Black Swan Park, Cotton Tree: 8 July from 10am to 4pm
The local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community has come to depend on and look forward to connecting with not only other community members but government and non-government organisations. This event provides an opportunity to come together to share in culture, knowledge, good will. More than 30 organisations, local and interstate artists, retailers and performers. Free event. Visit www.naidoc.org.au for more details.Read More
The Sunshine Coast council recently handed down its $722 million budget, the largest to date. According to Mayor Mark Jamieson, the focus of the budget was creating Australia’s leading healthy, smart and creative region.
“Our commitment to our residents is to focus on protecting and enhancing our environment, building a strong community and growing the economy – and that is what we are doing,” Mayor Jamieson said.
The council has also invested $7 million in community events and grants to support the work of local not-for-profit organisations. Applications for the next round of major grants will open on 17 July and close 28 August.
Read the Community Grants Guidelines for more information.
Volunteering Sunshine Coast CEO, Cheryl Harris, was among the first to share their views on the challenges facing Australia at the Shepherd Review project’s inaugural workshop. MRC’s Executive Director, Nick Cater, and Member for Fairfax, Mr Ted O’Brien MP, also gave their thoughts in the video below.
The Shepherd Review project is a Menzies Research Centre initiative aimed at addressing the various economic challenges facing our nation through a series of national workshops.
The Sunshine Coast was the first region in the country to share their views on some of the biggest challenges facing Australia. I thank Nick Cater and the Menzies Research Centre for conducting such an important review.
Posted by Ted O'Brien – LNP Federal Member for Fairfax on Wednesday, 7 June 2017
On 11 May, Noosa Council hosted the Changing Face of Volunteering Forum at the Central Queensland University Noosa campus. The forum provided valuable insights into the growing popularity of shorter term episodic volunteering opportunities over traditional long term volunteering, as well as ways to recruit millenials. These informative presentations will assist not-for-profit organisations to keep up with the changing landscape of volunteering through innovative recruitment techniques.
You can watch the presentations here.Read More