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HOMETOWN HEROES: Newcastle celebrates our dedicated volunteers

More than 250 volunteers, who contributed over 6000 hours of their time to the community in the last 12 months, have been recognised in a special morning tea at City Hall today.

The morning tea was part of National Volunteer Week, Australia’s largest annual celebration of volunteering.

“Today is about thanking, recognising and acknowledging the amazing work our volunteers do across Newcastle,” Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes said.

“Each of them positively contribute to our community by helping out at facilities, events or with special programs and initiatives.

“There really is something for everyone when it comes to volunteering with City of Newcastle and we continue to be grateful for their ongoing support and dedication.”

Robert Clifton who’s been volunteering with Landcare for the past 14 years said it was good to give back to the community.

“I have always been passionate about the environment so when my walking group decided to give back to the community by caring for the land around Newcastle’s Obelisk I wanted to help,” Mr Clifton said.

“We did a lot of weeding and planting, and it felt good to be part of something that has improved an iconic outdoor space in Newcastle.”

And Robert isn’t alone. Hundreds of Landcare volunteers across Newcastle have contributed over 4000 hours of service in the last 12 months and planted in excess of 10,000 native plants.

If you want to find out more about volunteering opportunities in Newcastle visit newcastle.nsw.gov.au.