Community Spirit Not Lost

Filed under Charity & Non-profit, Community, News ~ by Press on  30 Sep 2019

Cityserve volunteers at Boolaroo

Childcare centres, sports clubs, and local organisations in need can get volunteer help from the CityServe initiative.

Lake Macquarie City Council links church groups and other volunteers with local organisations needing a helping hand to get various jobs done.

The initiative has finished its first project, which saw the Warners Bay Early Learning Centre get a facelift to its outdoor play area. More than 30 volunteers came together to fix up the gardens and decking, and install a dry riverbed and a small area for a fire pit.

Lake Macquarie Mayor Cr Kay Fraser said since launching six years ago volunteer groups involved in CityServe had undertaken more than $500,000 worth of work across our community. This year volunteers will work more than 2000 hours and provide up to $60,000 worth of works to community groups.

CityServe is a fabulous program that has seen everything from gardens planted in community child care centres to clubhouses painted for local sports clubs,” Cr Fraser said.

Some of the jobs are relatively small, others are quite significant, but they all have one thing in common. They make our city a better place for everyone.

CityServe Chairman Rick Prosser said the aim was to simply make a great contribution to the community in a collaborative way.

CityServe works to capitalise on that. It’s a case of seeing a need, and simply going out and meeting that need.

People give their time, energy and resources to serve others, particularly to those doing it tough.”

Local projects awaiting this year’s instalment include maintenance work at Peter Pan Preschool in Wangi, various work at Wyee Community Hall, and a spruce up to a variety of local sporting facilities in Edgeworth, Cardiff, Speers Point and Toronto.

People interested in volunteering and organisations wishing to register their projects for consideration can go to

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