- 11 Oct, 2019
- Time: 12:20pm
- Locations: Mercure Brisbane
- Speaker: Leonie Lockstone-Binney, Associate Professor & Research Director, Griffith University
Rural communities are heavily dependent on volunteers for both essential services and their social and cultural lives. Yet volunteer participation is changing at a time when rural communities face outmigration and ageing populations, which are likely to increase demand for volunteer-provided services.
This presentation draws upon findings from a recent study titled ‘The social and economic sustainability of WA’s rural volunteer workforce’. Funded by the BankWest Curtin Economics Centre, A/Prof Leonie Lockstone-Binney presents the findings on behalf of her lead collaborators (Professor Kirsten Holmes and Associate Professor Amanda Davies from Curtin University).
Using case studies of three communities from the South West of WA (one an agricultural community, another a mining town, and the third a mixed economy), the presentation will examine the challenges facing rural volunteer-involving organisations and individual volunteers across all sectors. It will also offer broader recommendations for policy and practice aimed at ensuring rural volunteering is sustainable into the future.