Great Lakes Council has just over 700 registered volunteers, with 350 regularly working on Council's beaches, natural areas, built parks, showgrounds and waterways in a safe, accountable and legislatively sound manner.
As with most developing councils, the budget does not meet the expectations or desire of the residents.
The area boasts NSW's largest population of retirees attracted to the area for the mild climate, proximity to Sydney, waterways and beaches. A high proportion of these more senior members of our community are earlier retirees and still very active.
Council is, and has been for a number of years, well facilitated with people wanting to undertake volunteer activities in and around the current open space network. The high population of retirees has given Council a wonderful resource of keen, enthusiastic people looking for an opportunity to give a little bit back to society, pass away idle hours, meet their neighbours and stay a little bit fit.
There are currently 55 Active Volunteer Groups consisting of 37 mowing and maintenance groups, 17 landcare, dunecare groups and 1 waterways maintenance group. Of these there are:
- 11 groups located within the southern districts of Allworth, Tea Gardens, Hawks Nest, Pindimar/Bundabah, Karuah, Wards River, North Arm Cove and Nerong; and
- 44 groups within the northern districts of Forster, Tuncurry, Pacific Palms, Bungwahl, Coolongolook, Coomba, Darawank, Green Point, Nabiac, Smiths Lake and Tarbuck Bay.
How do I become a Volunteer?
First you need to contact Council's Community Liaison Officer who will get you in contact with your closest group. You will then become registered and undertake a short induction process covering issues such as OH&S. Most groups meet weekly for a couple of hours.
If you would like to become a parks volunteer please contact Council's Community Liaison Officer.
Dad's Army - Forster Keys Volunteers
Volunteers Working on One Mile Board Walk