Are your Volunteers at Risk?

Volunteers provide a crucial and often under-valued contribution to Australian society, especially in rural communities. However volunteering, particularly with vulnerable groups, can place them and those they volunteer with at a risk.

This professional ethical standards assist volunteer leaders by offering protection against the risks with a framework to effectively assist others. The workshop focuses on current best-practice standards and how they apply volunteering. The workshop will assist you to develop a decision making approach that ensures both yourself and those you assist get the best possible outcomes.

Stawell – 24th August 2017
1:30 – 3pm
Stawell Neighbourhood
Who can attend : Free and Open to anyone who works with volunteers.

Presented By: Gordon Young who holds a Masters of Professional and Applied Ethics from Melb Uni and is a lecturer in Professional Ethics with RMIT Uni. He has worked extensively with volunteer organisations in rural communities and has provided consulting services for a number of Australian agencies.

Phone: 03 5382 5607



The first market had 22 stalls and raised $232 which was donated to the following groups:

Halls Gap CFA $8.00
Halls Gap & Pomonal Playgroup $8.00
Boomerang Bags $8.00
Botanical Gardens $120.00
Budja Budja Neighbourhood House $8.00
Grampians Walking Tracks For All $8.00
Fight Against Family Violence $8.00
Halls Gap Community Hub $40.00

Thanks to some new volunteers, the association will continue on. We are people who live in and care about Halls Gap and our community. Meetings are held on a weeknight, 4 times a year. These meetings provide an excellent forum in which to propose ideas, discuss events and to meet others who care about our community. It also provides an opportunity for discussions with our local Council member, Cr Jason Hoseman who is generally in attendance.

The next meeting will be held in the Meeting Room of Centenary Hall on Wednesday September 6, 2017 at 7.30pm.

Grampians Tourism has appointed Marc Sleeman as its next Chief Executive Officer.

Mr Sleeman had recently been the General Manager with Tourism Kuranda in Queensland, and will take the reigns following the recent resignation of Will Flamsteed after five years at the helm.

This will be an exciting time for Mr Sleeman with the rollout of the $30 million Grampians Peaks Trail underway.

We welcome Mr Sleeman and his family to the region.

Read More at the Stawell Times

Halls Gap Primary School will fare best out of all schools in the Wimmera by receiving the largest percentage based increase per student.

During 2018, Halls Gap Primary School will receive a 5.63% increase in funding from the Federal Government per student. This will increase the total Federal Government contribution to the Halls Gap Primary School from $103,100 in 2017 to $108,900 in 2018.

Read more in this Wimmera Mail Times article.