This week we celebrate the hard working volunteers across Australia as we mark the 25th anniversary of National Volunteers Week.  Volunteers are the backbone of any community, and National Volunteers Week is a fantastic opportunity to recognise the power of volunteering.


As the Member for Western Victoria I am lucky enough to see hard working volunteers and community organisations in action in many different settings across regional Victoria.  One thing I am struck by time and time again is the sheer power volunteers have to make a difference.


Volunteers selflessly donate their time to improving their communities and brightening the lives of those around them.  Statistically, regional Victorians are even more generous with their time than those in major cities.


In one way or another everyone has seen the positive impact that volunteering can have, both for the person giving their time and those benefiting from it.


On this important anniversary I invite everyone to imagine what more we can achieve with our volunteering power.  What could we create if we all work together to make our local communities the best they could be?  National Volunteers Week is the perfect time to pitch in and get involved, even if you only have an hour to spare


Whether you donate cakes to your local CWA shop, coach a local footy club, or fight bushfires, let me take this opportunity to say thank you to all the hard working volunteers in regional Victoria.