Thursday, 18 February 2021

Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes, congratulated Parklands Albury Wodonga Limited on receiving a grant of $20,000 from the Andrews Labor Government’s Volunteering Innovation Fund.

The $2 million Fund is supporting conservation projects, like Parklands Albury Wodonga Limited whose project will build on the success of the Park Stewardship programs in North East Victoria through the trials of two new approaches: Aboriginal river ranger program that will work with local Aboriginal community members to deliver environmental volunteer sessions and walking trail engagement project that will support volunteers with resources to produce 10 themed maps with photos and 3 x Park Treasure Hunts. The special interest and treasure hunt maps and videos of the aboriginal environmental sessions will be published online and accessible by locals, visitors, special interest groups, friends groups and schools.

Twenty innovative volunteer projects have been awarded more than $300,000, with funding of up to $20,000 per project.

The Volunteering Innovation Fund will support people from all walks of life to volunteer in our parks and forests, benefiting the environment, volunteers and the community.

The Fund will run from 2020-2023 awarding a total of $2 million across four different rounds allocated as part of the Andrews Labor Government’s $105.6 million Victoria’s Great Outdoors program.

Round two of the Volunteering Innovation Fund opens at 9am Thursday 11 March  with funding of up to $50,000 available per project. The public will be invited to vote for successful applications through Engage Victoria.


Quotes attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes   

“Parklands Albury Wodonga’s project is a wonderful example of innovative ways to increase the number and diversity of people volunteering in our parks, in particular increasing the number of volunteers participating for the first time.”

 “The Volunteering Innovation Fund is building on the incredible work of existing volunteers and inviting others to enjoy Victoria’s Great Outdoors through volunteering.”

“I encourage all local groups in Northern Victoria to apply for Round 2 of the Volunteering Innovation Fund when it opens on 11 March”