Volunteering

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Volunteers play a vital and valuable role in the provision of services across the MidCoast region.

There are many areas in which you can volunteer your services and skills with Council.  You can choose to work outdoors, behind a desk, or help people with specialist needs. All Council volunteer jobs will allow you to give your local community a helping hand.

If you are interested in having fun, meeting new people, helping others and developing new skills, we have a program to suit any age or interest.


Want to help out in parks and recreation?

Want to work outside? Volunteers work on beaches, parks, showgrounds, natural areas and waterways. Our volunteers are important in helping to maintain our wonderful environment to a high standard. We rely on our volunteer workforce, as without them we couldn't maintain the standards we want to achieve. This type of work is varied, sociable and helps keep you fit. Most groups meet weekly for a couple of hours. Council supplies the equipment. Volunteers supply the muscle power.

In the Great Lakes, there is currently over 50 Active Volunteer Groups consisting of mowing and maintenance groups, land care and dune care groups, and waterways maintenance groups.

  • Southern districts groups are situated in Allworth, Tea Gardens, Hawks Nest, Pindimar/Bundabah, Karuah, Wards River, North Arm Cove and Nerong.

  • Northern district group are currently based in Forster, Tuncurry, Pacific Palms, Bungwahl, Coolongolook, Coomba, Darawank, Green Point, Nabiac, Smiths Lake and Tarbuck Bay.

    If you are keen to start a new group, or even work solo, we want to hear from you too.

    Interested? You will need to be registered and undertake a short safety induction. The first step is to fill in the form below. We can't wait to meet with you.

    In the Manning region, If you would like to volunteer as a part of one of the local Landcare groups, please contact Manning Landcare on 0427 530 681.  We also have a number of local community groups who volunteer their time to help maintain the road reserves and park areas of our community.



Want to help out with Ageing and Disability Services?

Volunteers are a vital part of our community support programs. The more volunteers - the more people can benefit.

We provide suitable training, along with ongoing support and payment of some expenses.

Volunteers in this area will need to go through a screening process in order to assess their suitability for different roles. A working with children check may be required.

What sort of assistance can you provide? There are so many varied opportunities to utilise your skills to assist older people or people with a disability. These include:

  • Shopping assistance

  • Social visiting & companionship

  • Offering support or "time out" for carers

  • Taking people for meals or outings

  • Helping with transport

  • Minor home maintenance or gardening

    Whatever you choose to do, your volunteer time and energy will make a massive difference to our clients.

    Take the first step to helping others by filling out the form below.



Want to help out in tourism?

Across the MidCoast, there's six Visitor Information Centres that need the services of dedicated volunteers - located in Taree, Gloucester, Forster, Bulahdelah, Tea Gardens and Pacific Palms.

Tourism requires volunteers with people skills, energy, generosity, local knowledge and a wealth of experience. Volunteers don't replace paid staff, but rather complement existing staff and aid in the service of visitors.

As a member of the Great Lakes Tourism team you are entitled to a job description, supervision, training and insurance cover while volunteering with us.

There are a number of policies and procedures you need to know in order to work effectively as a volunteer and as part of the Great Lakes Tourism Team. 

If you are interested in this type of volunteer work, a volunteer handbook is available, which outlines all you need to know about becoming a volunteer for Great Lakes Tourism. Fill in the form below to register your interest.



Want to help out in our libraries?

We have hundreds of volunteers at our branch libraries in Taree, Forster, Gloucester, Wingham, Harrington, Hallidays Point, Old Bar, Nabiac, Stroud, Bulahdelah and Tea Gardens.

Library volunteers have a number of varied roles and get involved in many of the aspects of library operations.

Duties include: maintaining items in the library collection, assisting with book sale items, helping the public, shelving items, ensuring bookshelves are organised and tidy, home library service delivery, literacy tutoring, assisting with a wide range of children’s programs, internet and genealogy assistance. You won't believe how much fun there is in our libraries!

It's a great place to get involved if you enjoy meeting and helping people. Not only do you get to help your community, but you will learn new skills yourself.

If you are interested in volunteering at Great Lakes Library Service, pick up an introductory information pack from any library branch or fill in the form below.



Want to help out at the Manning Entertainment Centre?

Volunteers are a vital part of the Manning Entertainment Centre. If you would like to volunteer as an usher, a bar attendant or for occasional office assistance please complete the form below. Please note that ushers will need to be comfortable walking up and down stairs and bar attendants will need to have completed Responsible Service of Alcohol training.



Want to help out at the Manning Regional Art Gallery?

The Manning Regional Gallery welcomes volunteers. We currently have about 110 volunteers at our Gallery, assisting with reception, retail sales and Gallery supervision. Our volunteers also assist with installation of exhibits, fundraising activities, opening nights, maintenance of the Gallery grounds.

For more information about volunteering in the Gallery please contact us on (02) 6592 5455 or via email.



Want to help run a community hall?

We have numerous community halls across the Great Lakes region. Volunteer community committees manage many of these.

Volunteer Hall Management Committee members generally oversee the upkeep, maintenance and cleanliness of the building and grounds; take both regular and one-off event bookings and payments; organise hall-based community events; liaise with Council; and generally run the day to day affairs associated with 'their' hall.

To get involved, simply start by filling in the form below.



Want to join the Community Reference Group?

Would you like to make a difference? We value your opinion and would like to bounce some ideas off you from time to time. 

The Community Reference Group is a database of people who have volunteered to be contacted by us occasionally about the things that interest them most. Contact may take the form of an invitation to a focus group meeting, face-to-face meetings, quick polls, surveys or other ideas you'd like to share with us.

If you are aged 16 or over, and are resident in the Great Lakes Local Government Area, you are eligible to apply. Participation is voluntary and can be withdrawn at any time.

There are currently six different topics you can express an interest in:

  • Access

  • Ageing

  • Arts & Culture

  • Community Buildings

  • Disabilities

  • Youth



Want to join the Community Network?

The Community Network aims to provide opportunities for networking, sharing information and building partnerships. Information is provided on programs, events, opportunities, funding and training relevant to community organisations.  It is an interagency, brings together representatives from community organisations, government departments and the community.

The Community Network meets every two months, on the fourth Thursday of every second month, 11am-1pm at Council's Forster office.



Want to join the Great Lakes Band?

The Great Lakes Band is a volunteer, non-auditioning, community band which gives people of all ages and musicians of all levels of experience the opportunity to develop their musical skills, whilst sharing in a creative musical endeavour.

Comprised of people of varying ages and musical backgrounds, the band performs about once a month at a wide variety of community events.

A Developmental Band has now been formed to give confidence and experience to musicians who wish to start playing with a group. Instruments are available for hire and even if you are a raw beginner, tuition is available and you will be warmly welcomed.

Operating under the auspices of MidCoast Council, the band has become an integral part of the cultural fabric of our region. Have fun with other people who share a similar love of playing and performing music - the band is always looking for new members. If you're interested, contact the band secretary on (02) 6555 8666.



Submit an expression of interest form

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