The remarkable efforts of Redlands Coast’s volunteers were recognised by Redland City Council at a special Christmas celebration on Saturday, 1 December.
More than 180 volunteers from a range of community organisations – including emergency services and welfare, environmental, sports, arts and cultural groups – attended the event at the Myhorizon Function Centre, Runnymede Road, Capalaba.
Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said the annual celebration let the Redlands Coast’s dedicated band of volunteers know that their efforts were much appreciated.
“As we can see by the response to the Straddie fire, our volunteers make an extraordinary contribution to our society and we simply cannot do without them,’’ Cr Williams said.
“No community can properly function without the help of dedicated and motivated people who are prepared to offer their time and expertise to help others.
“Councils and other levels of government simply do not have the capacity to do what volunteers can on the front line, particularly during times of need and crisis.
“While they do not seek recognition, Council believes it is important that we thank them, on behalf of residents, for their selflessness and let them know that their vital work for our community does not go unnoticed.
“The fact that we have so many community-minded residents who continually put their hands up is something we should be very proud off as a community.”
Cr Williams said almost one in four Redlanders over the age of 15 years reported doing some form of voluntary work, whether helping the elderly or those less fortunate, assisting injured wildlife, caring for our environment or helping out with kids’ sports and community events.
“This is a remarkable number and a great indicator of the cohesiveness of our community and something for which we all should be grateful,” she said.