National Volunteer Week 2024

This week we celebrated National Volunteer Week 2024 with the theme Something for Everyone. Recognising the diverse passions and talents that all volunteers bring to their space.

Nowhere is this truer than in the City of Burnside, where we have a staggering 390 volunteers across 34 different programs. Collectively these volunteers donate approximately 27,000 hours to volunteering throughout our Council area, which is the equivalent of 13.5 full-time staff.

Volunteer with The Shed Biodiversity Nursery for three years Denise said volunteering at the nursery was a cathartic experience for her, akin to yoga and allowed her to keep active.

‘The people here are from such diverse backgrounds, a lot of them are still working and volunteer on their off days.’

At a ceremony at the Regal Theatre on 21 May 2024, Burnside recognised the contributions of its many volunteers with an award ceremony and a free movie.

Recognised volunteers in attendance included Patricia, who was awarded for her 30 years of service! As well as Sandra, Anthony and Christine were recognised for their 25 years with the city. Simone was awarded the Outstanding Achievement by a Volunteer Award, for her incredible work and dedication to the Burnside Library Toy Library.

Ramya who also volunteers at the toy library was awarded the Premier's Certificate 'Recognition for Outstanding Volunteer Service'.

In a study from the Australian Bureau of Statistics, in 2020 over an estimated 5 million Australians volunteered through an organisation, with women aged 40-54 the most populous group.

Congratulations to all our outstanding volunteers for their hard work, dedication and commitment to making Burnside the best it can be!

If you would like to volunteer with the City of Burnside, visit our ‘Volunteer Vacancies’ or email

Simone accepting her Outstanding Achievement by a Volunteer award Patricia accepting her Certificate of Appreciation for 30 years

Volunteers accept their Certificate of Appreciation for 5 years

Volunteers accept their Certificate of Appreciation for 10 years

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