Community spirit strong during National Volunteer Week - The Community Leader and Real Estate New and Views

Port of Brisbane lent a hand at St Helena Island. Photos: Supplied.


Australia’s largest annual celebration of volunteering was held from May 15 to 21, with businesses and community groups coming together to recognise the vital support that millions of volunteers provide to their communities across the country.

The bayside was no exception, with Port of Brisbane employees getting out and about in the local community and out west to Chinchilla to lend a hand.

Working with three of the Port’s community partners, 26 staff volunteered 216 hours of their time to mentor young people, help with re-vegetation activities on St Helena Island in Moreton Bay, and volunteer at a farm property in Chinchilla.

Port of Brisbane’s Community Relations Advisor, Edward Harwood, organised the Port’s volunteering efforts.

“Over a long period of time, the Port of Brisbane has developed valuable partnerships with community organisations both here in the Bayside and further afield.

“We know how important their work is, and while we coordinate volunteer opportunities with partners throughout the year, National Volunteer Week is a time when we double-down on our own efforts to get our employees out and about.

“Every year, the response from our people is fantastic, and this year is no different with over 10% of our workforce getting involved.

“This year, we’ve volunteered on St Helena Island and have provided mentoring opportunities for high school students with our staff. We’ve also had a team head out west with Drought Angels to help rebuild a fence for a local farmer. Our people get a lot out of giving back.”

If you want to find out more about National Volunteer Week or the opportunities available, head to Volunteering Australia’s website:

Edward Harwood (Port of Brisbane) and Natasha Johnston (Drought Angels) in Chinchilla. 

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