This Volunteer Week, Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke is encouraging locals to nominate community members who volunteer their time for the 2018 Premier’s Volunteer Recognition Program.

“Volunteers in Cootamundra are the backbone of our community and this program shows appreciation for their contributions,” Ms Cooke said.

“Volunteers make a difference and it is important that we applaud these efforts.

“To mark National Volunteer Week, I encourage residents to recognise a volunteer they know by nominating them for the Premier’s Volunteer Recognition Program.”

In Parliament this week Ms Cooke formally acknowledged volunteers from The Harden Evening View Club, the Murrumbidgee and Lachlan SES Regions, Junee Community Power Group, Boomerang Bags Gundagai and the Advance Ganmain Committee for their dedication and community spirit.

“Any of these groups are prime candidates for a Premier’s Recognition Award, all it takes is for someone to put their name in the mix,” Ms Cooke said.

The award program acknowledges the individual efforts of both adults and students, with each nominee receiving a certificate celebrating their individual contributions.

There are seven categories under the program, including people with more than 40 years and more than 25 years of volunteer service, significant volunteering at any age, newly retired people who have commenced or continued volunteering, and three student categories.

To date, the program has recognised the hard work of more than 21,000 volunteers from across NSW.

For more information about the program or how to submit a nomination, visit: www.volunteering.nsw.gov.au/stories/premiers-volunteer-recognition-program