Volunteers and their organisations in Barker will receive part of the Morrison Government’s $20 million Volunteer Grants round, to support the crucial role that they play within our community as Australia moves forward out of the pandemic.

Member for Barker Tony Pasin today announced $127,834 in funding for 39 community organisations in Barker.

“As your local member, I have seen the impact volunteering makes in communities throughout Barker and I’m hopeful these grants will go some way to making volunteering easier for the thousands who volunteer their time selflessly for others.” Mr Pasin said.

The 2021 Volunteer Grants provide organisations with grants of $1,000 to $5,000 to help purchase equipment, training and background screening checks for their volunteers.

Volunteers are integral to many Australian organisations, with more than 8.7 million volunteers across the country giving their time freely to support their communities.

Successful community organisations in the Limestone Coast are as follows:

Organisation Name Grant Details Grant Amount
Blue Lake Golf Club Inc




To purchase a new chainsaw and personal protective equipment such as gloves, masks, and hearing protection to carry out maintenance works on the course. $2,118
Furner Sports Club To purchase a new lawnmower to keep the Furner Oval maintained as well as the surrounding area. $5,000
Kehsarra Equine Serenity Incorporated Assist Kehsarra Equine Serenity volunteers with transportation costs for undertaking volunteer duties within the organisation. As well as the purchase of some land-care equipment, communicational devices and a storage shed. $3,946
Lions Club of Kalangadoo & Districts Inc To purchase a new ride on lawn mower to assist with community projects. $4,000
Lucindale Community Economic Development (on behalf of Museum) To purchase the necessary equipment to improve the displays and buildings in the Lucindale Museum. $1,245
Lucindale Community Economic Development Board The Lucindale Community Swimming Pool relies on volunteer lifeguards for community swimming, and training updates are required for lifeguards to remain accredited. This funding will go towards for CPR Training for 10 volunteer lifeguards and a small fridge for the pool storage shed for first aid supplies and lifeguard use. $1,150
Mil-lel Memorial Park To purchase equipment for Mil Lel Hall kitchen, such as a new fridge, pie warmer, cold food display unit, urn and microwave. $5,000


Plympton Veteran Centre and the PIympton RSL We are an outreach arm of the Plympton Veteran Centre located in Mount Gambier called the Limestone Veterans Services Hub. Our project is to create a Veteran Friendly Community across the Barker Electorate conducting community seminars. $4,000
Port MacDonnell and District Mens Shed INC To replace existing power hand tools with battery powered hand tools. $1,356
Robe Football Club To replace the BBQ and gas connection used by the volunteer parents to provide bacon and egg muffins to Auskick and the afternoon BBQ volunteer crew. To also cover all costs associated with volunteer medical trainers and bar staff for season 2021 eg. 1st Aid, RSA, CPR $3,000
Robe RSL To purchase office equipment including laptop, software, printer/ scanner to enable records to be electronically recorded and historical documents digitally recorded. Also to upgrade electrical kitchen equipment for the benefit of all members and visitors. $5,000
Spare Ya Change 4 Kids (SYC4K) SYC4K is a local volunteer organisation which improves community welfare via creation and distribution of meal packs to schools & Foodbank (300 per week).  They have 100 volunteers who have indicated interest in participating in activities. This funding will enable SYC4K to develop a volunteer management, induction & engagement system, as well as provide PPE and food safety training. $3,850
Sunset Community Kitchen & The Mt Gambier Cricket Association The Sunset community kitchen is a not-for-profit organisation. They cook and supply meals to the community. This grant will purchase new fridges and freezers. $2,499


The Mount Gambier ltalo Australian Club


To provide a venue and function for other volunteer groups {such as Rotary} to come together to discuss work opportunities in our region for our multicultural groups/migrants. This will also assist us in supporting Spare Your Change for Kids Association who support underprivileged children in our community. $3,955


The Salvation Army Thrift Shop


Grantsville Court Salvos Thrift Shop aims to encourage, support and increase participation in the working environment for over 30 valued and reliable volunteers who process donation through to sale by setting up a training computer and printer and by providing key volunteers with fire extinguisher training & mental health first aid training if successful with our grant application. $3,167


The South East Junction


Our Millicent, Mental Health and Wellbeing Group has moved to another venue and require new tables, chairs, a printer, kitchen materials and a mobile phone so they can do their work in a (volunteer) professional way. $4,000


Lucindale Karting Club


To upgrade their UHF radio system (radios and headsets) to keep all volunteers in clear communication for safety. $3,605