A volunteer grants program will assist several Inverell organisations to purchase equipment, pay fuel costs and improve fundraising efforts.
Announced by Member for New England Barnaby Joyce in a statement, the grants fall between $1,000 and $5,000.
Tingha Sports and Recreation Bowling Club will receive $2,385 to purchase coaching and umpiring equipment.
More than $2,000 will assist Friends of Myall Creek Memorial to run future events.
Bonshaw Memorial Hall Incorporated will use $4,853 to purchase equipment including a public address portable system and microphone.
Over $3,500 will go to Gilgai Public Hall and Recreation Reserve.
Lions Club of Inverell Inc will use $2,000 for an extra barbecue and shade shelters for fundraising and catering assistance.
Further grants include:
- Ashford Show Society Incorporated $4,688
- Inverell Hawks Rugby League Football Club Inc $5,000
- Gum Flat Parents and Citizens Association $4,887
- Delungra Sports Association Inc $4,960
- Inverell Community Radio Incorporated $5,000
- Inverell Rugby Club Incorporated $4,000
- Inverell Meals on Wheels $5,000
- Emmaville Pony Club Inc $4,245
Mr Joyce said volunteering greatly benefits our communities - both socially and economically.
"The enormous value of volunteering is estimated at $290 billion per year, and Australia's 8.7 million volunteers and their organisations, including those in Inverell, are the backbone of community life," Mr Joyce said.
"Volunteers embody the best of our community with thousands of people regularly volunteering their skills, services and time to make life in places like Ashford and Gilgai, better for those around them," he said.
"The Coalition Government's strong economic management is why we can afford to provide the essential services Australians rely on and support the good work of our volunteers," Mr Joyce said.