Volunteers make Pilbara world go around smoothly
■ One of the Pilbara’s greatest assets is its community. In the middle of a vast ancient landscape with a remarkable history and cultural heritage are pockets of “busyness”, where people are coming together in these communities to make this place even better and brighter.
A lot of this work is being undertaken by dedicated and enthusiastic volunteers, and no matter what your interest is there are a huge range of organisations you can join in with.
In our Down to Earth column we have focused on the Community Garden and Karratha Enviro Group volunteering, but there are many other groups and organisations that you can also become involved with.
There are so many benefits to volunteering. It is often one of the best ways to meet new people and find new activities when living in a new place. Whether the Pilbara is a permanent or temporary home, working together on shared projects creates a sense of purpose and pride in place. Not only does volunteering strengthen a community, it can also just be a whole lot of fun.
From animal protection, to annual events such as White Ribbon Day, from the Recycled Art Competition to home-based schooling networks, there is something for everyone. For those who are interested in community work, there are a range of organisations such as Rotary, Apex and the Lions with a variety of projects on the go such as the new Karratha Men’s Shed.
Another one of the Pilbara community’s strengths is the huge range of sporting clubs. For every group of participants in a sporting club is a group of volunteers in the background ensuring everything functions smoothly.
Without volunteers, opportunities for participating in sports such as water polo, basketball, netball and a huge range of others wouldn’t be available. By offering to help, you not only open up opportunities for others to enjoy the sport but you can also gain new skills and experiences that could help in unknown ways in the future.
Everybody can be a volunteer and everybody has something to give. If you are interested in finding a voluntary organisation that you can participate in, start by taking a look in the local directory and asking around to find what’s out there.
Organisations, the community, the environment and of course the volunteers themselves can gain so much out of volunteering, so give it a go today.