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Volunteering Queensland and Rockhampton Regional Council have just completed a 12-month project facilitating the development of a unique and exciting volunteer initiative, the Rockhampton Region Volunteer Organisations Active in Disaster (VOAD) Consortium. The VOAD brings together rural and urban Volunteer Involving Organisations (VIOs) from across the Rockhampton region, all with one purpose, stepping up to volunteer during disasters. The community groups are also excited about the prospect of being able to contribute to the long-term recovery of their community after disaster.
The Rockhampton Region VOAD came together for a breakfast and disaster exercise on Saturday 6 March to explore ways they could work together to respond and recover from disasters.
The project is finishing however the VOAD continues to gain momentum and VIOs will work closely with Rockhampton Regional Council to identify how they can best assist the community during times of adversity.
Volunteering Queensland has welcomed the opportunity to be embedded in Council's disaster management unit and to work closely with volunteer groups from around the Rockhampton region.
Rockhampton Region VOAD members in action: Meals on Wheels Rockhampton, Central Queensland Multicultural Association, Gracemere Men's Shed, Queensland Police Service volunteer and Rockhampton Men's Shed in the background.
Rockhampton Region VOAD project coordination team. Liz Drumm, Coordinator, Disaster Management Rockhampton Regional Council, Peter Munro, Project Coordinator, Volunteering Queensland, Eddie Cowie ESM, SES Local Controller.
Header image: SES Local Controller, Eddie Cowie ESM, presenting to the Rockhampton Region VOAD.
The VOAD project was funded by the Queensland Government Department of Communities, Housing & Digital Economy as part of the 2019 Category C Bushfire funds
For more information on the Rockhampton Region VOAD please contact: