Member for Gilmore for Ann Sudmalis has called for local volunteers to apply for a scholarship to attend this year’s National Volunteering Conference. Mrs Sudmalis said the scholarships would support volunteer coordinators and community leaders in Gilmore to travel to Sydney for the national conference. “The scholarships recognise the important role volunteers play in our communities by funding conference registration, accommodation and travel costs for managers and leaders of volunteers in rural, regional or disadvantaged communities,” she said. “Volunteers are the heart of our community – from fighting fires, to raising money for local sport and caring for our most vulnerable, to inspiring others to also volunteer. “It would be great if some of our leaders, managers or coordinators of volunteer and community organisations applied for the scholarships so they can continue to take an active part in shaping volunteering into the future and network with others.” Minister for Social Services, Dan Tehan said the conference funding was part of the Australian Government’s $63 million support for volunteering. “It’s important to support those Australians who give their time and energy helping in the community,” Mr Tehan said. Volunteering Australia will assess the applications on merit. For information on the National Volunteering Conference 2018 (20-22 June) and to apply for the scholarships go to: http://nvc2018.com.au/ Applications close 15 March.