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Volunteer with us

Whatever your interest, we've got a volunteering opportunity for you. Whether you want to make a hands-on contribution, gain new skills, help others, share your own knowledge and experiences, or just stay active and form new friendships, we may have just the right thing for you. Find out more about our volunteering opportunities.

Many of our local halls and community centres are run by volunteers on behalf of Council. Our volunteers do a wonderful job of ensuing that these facilities are run efficiently and meet the ends of locals, community groups, businesses and visitors.

Opportunities for volunteers include helping with the day-to-day running of the facility, attending meetings public relations, managing bookings, finances and committee administration.

More hall volunteers are desperately needed, so find out how you can help your local community.

Volunteer committees manage the following council facilities:

  • Anna Bay, Birubi Point Hall
  • Corlette Hall
  • Fern Bay Community Centre
  • Hinton School of Arts
  • Karuah Community Hall
  • Lemon Tree Passage Old School Centre
  • Mallabula Community Centre
  • Medowie Community Centre
  • Nelson Bay Community Hall
  • Raymond Terrace Senior Citizens Hall
  • Salt Ash Community Hall
  • Soldiers Point Hall
  • Tanilba Foreshore Hall
  • Williamtown Hall

If you are interested in volunteering, speak with the committee contact directly.

The Ngioka Centre provides an opportunity for volunteers to grow and care for native plants in partnership with Council. These plants are used by our groups for their activities in our local parks and reserves.

There are a wide range of opportunities for volunteers to get involved, so come along and lend a hand. Volunteering opportunities include:

Horticulture and gardening

Volunteering opportunities can include assisting with:

  • inspecting plants for pests and diseases
  • applying fertilisers
  • propagation of plants from cutting
  • monitoring stock levels
  • moving plant stock

Garden maintenance

Volunteering opportunities can include assisting with:

  • weeding of path, gardens and plants
  • mulching gardens
  • general pruning
  • sweeping pathways
  • prepare plant orders.

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Parks, reserve and landcare groups provide assistance with the maintenance of local parks and reserves as well as bush regeneration, habitat improvement and weeding activities.

Our community groups include:

Cemeteries provide space for families to pay respect to their loved ones, and it's important that they are well taken care of. Our Cemetery group volunteers wok with Council and the community to improve our local cemeteries and undertake working bees

Our Cemetery groups are:

  • West Ward Cemeteries Group

We also have four Sports Councils:

  • Medowie Sports Council
  • Tilligerry Sports Council
  • Tomaree Sports Council
  • West Ward Sports Council

Sports Councils consist of volunteers from local sporting clubs, schools, special interest groups, elected Councillors and community representatives.

Whatever your artistic or cultural inclination, there are a number of volunteer opportunities for you to help shape our community.

Our Strategic Arts Committee offers those who are passionate about promoting and developing cultural opportunities across Port Stephens.

The Heritage Advisory Committee provides our heritage interest groups to help with the conservation and management of heritage buildings, places and items.

Our Aboriginal Strategic Committee supports Council’s collaboration with the traditional owners of Port Stephens, the Worimi people, including the delivery of the Yabang-Gu-Butunga or the Road to Tomorrow Agreement.

The Port Stephens Sister Cities Committee helps enhance our rich diversity and culture by promoting peace, understanding and cooperation through international partnerships.

The Youth Advisory Panel gives local young people a voice both within Council and the wider community. This is a great forum to meet like-minded peers and develop leadership skills.

Our Port Stephens Australia Day Committee organises celebrations for Australia Day events in Nelson Bay, Raymond Terrace and Tanilba Bay.

Birubi Point Cultural Heritage Advisory Panel advises Council on the management plan required to protect the Worimi cultural and spiritual heritage and enhance the environment of the Birubi Point Crown Reserve and Birubi Point Aboriginal Place.

Port Stephens library volunteers play a significant role in the successful running of all our library activities. Volunteers assist in children’s programs, book shelving, book care and help with exhibitions in the Art Space.

If you’re interested in becoming a library volunteer, please contact the library directly.

Stories in the street - volunteers visit families in their homes in Raymond Terrace and Medowie and read stories to children aged 0-5 years. Educational and community information is also provided to parents.

Contact Stories in the Street for further volunteering information.

Our Visitor Information Centre couldn't run without our volunteers. Local knowledge and love for Port Stephens helps to promote our area as a premier tourist destination. As a volunteer, you can assist with information, directions, tour and accommodation recommendations as well as administration and sales.

Contact the Visitor Information Centre to inquire regarding volunteering.

How to become a volunteer


Learn more about volunteering in Port Stephens by reading our volunteering booklet. You can also fill out and return the Volunteering Expression of Interest form.

Contact the committee or volunteer group and speak with a committee member about their needs.

If you're wishing to volunteer in the library or Visitor Information Centre, speak with those Centres directly.

If you wish to proceed to becoming a member of a committee or a volunteer, you will need to complete a Volunteer Nomination Form. This will be sent to Council for processing.

The nomination gets endorsed by the Committee and is forwarded onto the Council representative.

You, and the Committee, will be notified of the outcome of your nomination within 3 weeks.

Volunteering FAQs


Yes. We offer training and learning and development opportunities for our volunteers in the following areas:

  • induction
  • cultural awareness
  • financial record keeping and reporting
  • computer training
  • first aid training
  • safe chemical use
  • manual handling
  • weed identification

Yes.

Under Council's liability insurance, volunteers will be covered for loss, damage or injury caused to third parties. in addition, Council's personal accident insurance covers injury to volunteers while they are engaged in approved voluntary work for Council.

Volunteers must sign on and off for any voluntary work they complete on behalf of Council using the Daily Attendance Form. As a volunteer, you are required to follow any instructions, directions or training provided by Council and work within our operational guidelines.

If you wish to make a claim on council's Personal Accident Insurance, you will need to complete a submission to Council's insurer. Speak with Council on 4988 0255.

Under the Local Government Act 1993, Port Stephens Council is able to delegate some activities to committees.

The 355c Committee Terms of Reference outlines the administration and management of the Committees and their requirements under the Local Government Act 1993. This ensures that a Committee does not undertake any work or activities that they shouldn't.