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    Community Services, Housing and Women
    The Honourable Karen Struthers

    Young Bundaberg local wins volunteering award

    Community Services, Housing and Women
    The Honourable Karen Struthers

    Tuesday, October 04, 2011

    Young Bundaberg local wins volunteering award

    Bundaberg’s Nathan Williams is one of 20 inspirational young people from around the state to be named an award-winning volunteer today.

    At a ceremony in Brisbane, Community Services Minister Karen Struthers presented the winners with their Queensland Young Volunteer certificates and $500 in prize money.

    Nathan was recognised for his volunteering work within the Community Services category.

    Ms Struthers said Nathan volunteers with the Bundaberg and District Landcare Association, the Cancer Council of Queensland as well as the Queensland State Emergency Services.

    “He also developed and writes a monthly newsletter with advertisements, education, arts, disability news and date claimers for non-profit groups,” Ms Struthers said.

    “Between 500 and 1000 people now access this newsletter online.”

    Ms Struthers said the winners were selected from 150 nominations - young people aged between 12 and 25 who make a positive contribution to the community by willingly volunteering their time.

    “This year Queenslanders have been truly inspiring in coming to the aid of friends, neighbours and complete strangers during and after the summer of disasters.

    “The spirit of volunteering is clearly thriving and the efforts of these young people show that it will continue into the future.”

    The winners received their awards at a half-day professional development workshop in Brisbane where they were introduced to innovative volunteering practices and learnt presentation and public speaking skills.

    The Queensland Young Volunteer Awards were presented in two age groups, 12 to 17 and 18 to 25, in seven categories. Other winners include:

    • Art and culture – William Haupt, 17, of Oakey; Latonya Wigginton,17, of Boonah and Rachael Watson, 19, of Manly, Brisbane
    • Community service – Amy Dowie, 17, of Blackwater; Nathan Williams, 19, of Bundaberg and Ria Ferris, 24, of Buderim.
    • Green – Kieran Smith, 15, of Maryborough; Stephanie Freeman, 15, of Eatons Hill, Brisbane.
    • School action - Sarina State High School
    • Social innovation – Jessica Lawson, 16, of Cairns; Dane Moores, 23, of Robina and Gabrijela Palavra, 21, of Arundel
    • Sport and recreation volunteers – Travis Tran, 15, of Inala and Marcus Ellison, 24, of Gladstone.

    Media contact:    Minister Struthers’ office    3235 4265