Volunteering is time willingly given for the common good and without financial gain

Volunteer Winners are Grinners!

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Award-winners, sponsors and organisers demonstrating the theme for this year's National Volunteer Week: "Give Happy, Live Happy." Picture: Taelor Pelusey


Busselton and Dunsborough’s tireless volunteers were cast into the spotlight on Monday night at the annual Volunteer of the Year recognition Awards.

In his role as MC, Mayor Grant Henley announced Connor Oliver — a training officer, patrol captain and inflatable rescue boat crewman with the Busselton Surf Lifesaving Club — the youth award winner.

The club had another winner in the open category with Helen Rabjones, who has served as chief administrator for more than a decade, among other roles.

Cr Henley praised the club’s work, making specific mention of a public safety decision to cancel the swim leg of a triathlon at the weekend after a shark sighting.

“I think that was in the highest echelon of volunteers performing in their duties and I commend both the surf lifesavers and the volunteer marine rescue guys who were there,” he said.

Ms Rabjones was also mentioned in the tourism and events category.

However, the award went to Doreen Bailie, who has been Jetty Host co-ordinator since 2011 and volunteers for organisations, events and during cruise ship visits.

Cr Henley said the cruise ship volunteers helped the City take out first place in the best local initiative category at the 2016 Annual Cruising Industry Awards.

“This success can be attributed to the many volunteers who provide a vibrant and friendly welcome to cruise ship passengers,” he said.

Des Austin — a bushfire brigade volunteer of more than four decades, and Busselton SES deputy local manager since 2013 — was commended in the seniors category, and the overall award went to Margaret Tickle.

The mayor jokingly pulled out a seat for Ms Tickle before reading out a lengthy list of volunteer activities with clubs, events, churches and education groups.

Cr Henley described volunteers as the backbone of the community.

“Sometimes volunteer work is challenging but our community always seems to be up for this challenge and that’s thanks to the efforts of people such as your selves,” he said.

The awards were hosted by the City of Busselton and Busselton-Dunsborough Volunteer Centre, with support from Volunteering WA and Lotterieswest.

All the winners:

Apex Youth (under-25) Award

Winner: Connor Oliver

Rotary Tourism & Events Award

Winner: Doreen Bailee

Special Mention: Teresa Pool, Paul Davis, Yvonne Avery, Helen Rabjones

Harvey Norman Open Award

Winner: Helen Rabjones

Geographe Camping and Tackle World Seniors Award

Winner: Margaret Tickle

Highly Commended: Des Austin

Special Mention: Isobel Gale, Trevor Hemmett, Dawn Taylor, Marion Scott, Elsie Froome, Peter Jager, Malcom Jennings

Love Fishing? Then this is for you!

IMG 0629FISHING ENTHUSIASTS - This is for you!

South-West Residents Embrace Fishability

Fishability (formerly Fishers with Disabilities Association Inc.) is a Western Australian charity which provides regular recreational fishing opportunities for children and adults living with disabilities. With a robust event and activities program, the choice and opportunities for participants from grassroots level upwards whilst improving the health and wellbeing of our members, developing self-confidence and growing social skills is imperative in the
delivery of Fishability within the community. Fishability works with the community to promote fishing activities as a means of acceptance and inclusion with provision of inclusive and disability programs.

Fishability Busselton commenced operations in January 2016 and in a short time has grown exponentially. Under the leadership and guidance of Program Coordinator Michelle Lee and her phenomenal team of volunteers, the

17909459 10212406295969914 1271872528 nFishability activities are delivered on a weekly basis at The Deck, Port Geographe Marina or at Naturaliste Game & Sport Fishing Club Inc. at no cost to the participant.
Michelle has years of recreational fishing experience having started Fishgirls Fishing Families in 2012 to cater for children with special needs. The reach of her program has extended to over 400 families. The merge with Fishability ensured a sustainable and regular weekly program of activities in the South-West. Michelle was recognised for her work in the community in 2016 when she was awarded the Volunteering Busselton Dunsborough Volunteer of the Year Award.
To keep up with the demand for the activities, Fishability are recruiting more volunteers. Michelle is looking for people interested in working in a team; community service; changing lives and being in the great outdoors. Fishability Executive Officer, Di Bruce said: “With a strong presence in the Busselton area, the Fishability program is an awesome opportunity for people in the community thinking of volunteers to connect with others, be part of a social network, make a difference in the lives of others and enjoy the surroundings of Busselton, and all whilst having a fish.
If you are looking for a volunteering opportunity, we would invite you to come along and observe and experience
one of our activities and I assure you that you will be hooked!! ”.


If you love to fish - come fishing with us - we would love to learn from your expertise and experience

For all volunteer enquiries, please contact us on 97542047 or https://www.bdvolunteers.org.au/contact-us.html 12993522 10154012939553930 5126134995287659927 n

Caring Support for Family & Parents

Red Cross operates the Family and Practical support programs throughout the Southwest. The purpose of the Service is to provide caring and practical assistance to families with babies and young children who are facing extra challenges in adjusting to their parenting role. It is an early intervention service that offers respite and support to multiple birth families, mothers experiencing or at risk of postnatal depression or perinatal mental health problems and social isolation.fp

Family support has been supporting families since 1993 and is a unique service that Red Cross offers only in Western Australia. Since its inception, over 3,000 families have been assisted by creating a supportive environment and helping to minimise many of the daily stresses experienced by families with babies. We support families in Busselton, Dunsborough, Margaret River and Augusta.

Since 2008 Practical Support program has been supporting families by having volunteers visit the family home weekly and work alongside the mother assisting in domestic duties such as light housework, shopping and basic childcare e.g. feeding, settling babies, and preparing meals for children. The volunteer can also help with linking in with community and local supports and enhancing social networks. This Program is available in the Busselton area.


Volunteers provide approximately 4 hours per week of in-home respite per family and may work with the same family for up to 6 months in the case of a multiple birth. Hands-on support - child related activities, feeding, preparing meals for children, settling babies. Role modelling - volunteers encourage positive interaction between parents and children (play, talking, and discipline) to develop a child's social and cognitive development.
Emotional support - ‘being there' for the mother, the willingness to listen without being judgemental or giving advice.
Social support - supporting families in developing social networks and linking to community resources.
For more information on this volunteer opportunity or other exciting roles contact us at the

Busselton Dunsborough Volunteer Centre

Suite 5B - Ground Floor
21 Cammilleri Street
Box 11, CRC, 21 Cammilleri
Busselton WA 6280
Ph/Fax: 08 - 97542047
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Web:  www.bdvolunteers.org.au
Facebook: www.facebook.com/BusseltonDunsboroughVolunteer Centre

 Open Monday and Tuesday 8.00am to 4pm
& Wednesday 10am to 2pm


Book a SKYPE Call!

Busselton Dunsborough Volunteer Centre is now on SKYPE.

To book a call you will need to send us an email with your SKYPE name.

Our SKYPE name is Volunteer.Coordinator2

We will then request you join us as a friend and arrange a time to call you to discuss your volunteering enquiries and requirements.

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manWant to place an event on our calendar? - Contact us at: volunteers@westnet.com.au - Phone: 9754 2047

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