Volunteers play a vital and valuable role in the provision of services to Great Lakes Council.

There are many areas in which you can volunteer your services and skills with Council.  You can choose to work outdoors, behind a desk, or help people with specialist needs. All Council volunteer jobs will allow you to give your local community a helping hand.

If you are interested in having fun, meeting new people, helping others and developing new skills, we have a program to suit any age or interest:

On this page:

Parks and Recreation

Want to work outside? Volunteers work on beaches, parks, showgrounds, natural areas and waterways. Our volunteers are important in helping to maintain our wonderful environment to a high standard. We rely on our volunteer workforce, as without them we couldn't maintain the standards we want to achieve. This type of work can be varied, sociable, and help keep you fit. Most groups meet weekly for a couple of hours. Council supplies the equipment. Volunteers supply the muscle power.

There are currently over 50 Active Volunteer Groups consisting of mowing and maintenance groups, land care and dune care groups, and waterways maintenance groups. 

  • Southern districts groups are situated in Allworth, Tea Gardens, Hawks Nest, Pindimar/Bundabah, Karuah, Wards River, North Arm Cove and Nerong.
  • Northern district group are currently based in Forster, Tuncurry, Pacific Palms, Bungwahl, Coolongolook, Coomba, Darawank, Green Point, Nabiac, Smiths Lake and Tarbuck Bay.

If you are keen to start a new group, or even work solo, we want to hear from you too.

Interested? You will need to be registered and undertake a short safety induction. The first step is to fill in the form below. We can't wait to meet with you.

Ageing and Disability Services Volunteers

Volunteers are a vital part of our community support programs. The more volunteers - the more people can benefit.

We provide suitable training, along with ongoing support and payment of some expenses.

Volunteers in this area will need to go through a screening process in order to assess their suitability for different roles. A working with children check may be required.

What sort of assistance can you provide? There are so many varied opportunities to utilise your skills to assist older people or people with a disability. These include:

  • Shopping assistance
  • Social visiting & companionship
  • Offering support or "time out" for carers
  • Taking people for meals or outings
  • Helping with transport
  • Minor home maintenance or gardening

Whatever you choose to do, your volunteer time and energy will make a massive difference to our clients.

Take the first step to helping others by filling out the form below.

Great Lakes Tourism

Great Lakes Tourism has four Visitor Information Centres that need the services of dedicated volunteers. The Centres are located in Forster, Bulahdelah, Tea Gardens and Pacific Palms.

Tourism requires volunteers with people skills, energy, generosity, local knowledge and a wealth of experience. Volunteers don't replace paid staff, but rather complement existing staff and aid in the service of visitors.

As a member of the Great Lakes Tourism team you are entitled to a job description, supervision, training and insurance cover while volunteering with us.

There are a number of policies and procedures you need to know in order to work effectively as a volunteer and as part of the Great Lakes Tourism Team. 

If you are interested in this type of volunteer work, a volunteer handbook is available, which outlines all you need to know about becoming a volunteer for Great Lakes Tourism. Fill in the form below to register your interest.

Great Lakes Library Service

Great Lakes Library Service has over 100 volunteers at Forster and across its four branches at Nabiac, Stroud, Bulahdelah and Tea Gardens.  

Library volunteers have a number of varied roles, and get involved in many of the aspects of library operations.

Duties include: Maintaining items in the library collection, assisting with booksale items, helping the public, shelving items, ensuring bookshelves are organised and tidy, home library service delivery, literacy tutoring, assisting with a wide range of children’s programs, internet and genealogy assistance. You won't believe how much there is to get up to in our libraries.

It's a great place to get involved if you enjoy meeting and helping people. Not only do you get to help your community, but you will learn new skills yourself.

If you are interested in volunteering at Great Lakes Library Service, pick up an introductory information pack from any library branch or fill in the form below.

Community Halls

We have 24 community halls across the Great Lakes region. Volunteer community committees manage 19 of these.

Volunteer Hall Management Committee members generally, oversee the upkeep, maintenance and cleanliness of the building and grounds; take both regular and one-off event bookings and payments; organise hall-based community events; liaise with Council; and generally run the day to day affairs associated with 'their' hall.

To get involved, simply start by filling in the form below.

Community Reference Group

Would you like to make a difference? We value your opinion and would like to bounce some ideas off you from time to time. 

The Community Reference Group is a database of people who have volunteered to be contacted by us occasionally about the things that interest them most. Contact may take the form of an invitation to a focus group meeting, face-to-face meetings, quick polls, surveys or other ideas you'd like to share with us.

If you are aged 16 or over, and are resident in the Great Lakes Local Government Area, you are eligible to apply. Participation is voluntary and can be withdrawn at any time.

There are currently six different topics you can express an interest in:

  • Access
  • Ageing
  • Arts & Culture
  • Community Buildings
  • Disabilities
  • Youth

If you are interested in becoming part of the CRG, simply complete the application form and submit it via email here.

The Community Network

The Community Network aims to provide opportunities for networking, sharing information and building partnerships. Information is provided on programs, events, opportunities, funding and training relevant to community organisations in the Great Lakes. It brings together representatives from community organisations, government departments and the community.

The Community Network meets every two months, on the fourth Thursday of every second month, 11.00am-1.00pm at Great Lakes Council.

The Great Lakes Band

Great Lakes Band is a volunteer, non-auditioning, community band which gives people of all ages and musicians of all levels of experience the opportunity to develop their musical skills, whilst sharing in a creative musical endeavour.

Comprised of people of varying ages and musical backgrounds, the band performs about once a month at a wide variety of community events.

A Developmental Band has now been formed to give confidence and experience to musicians who wish to start playing with a group.  Instruments are available for hire and even if you are a raw beginner, tuition is available and you will be warmly welcomed.

Operating under the auspices of Great Lakes Council, the band has become an integral part of the cultural fabric of our region. Have fun with other people who share a similar love of playing and performing music - The band is always looking for new members.

If you're interested, contact the band secretary on (02) 6555 8666.


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