Shoalhaven Youth Volunteering Initiative Continues To Be A Success In The Region 

Oct 25, 2018

Lachlan Page, a Shoalhaven Youth Volunteering Initiative (SYVI) graduate, isn’t your average teenager. His endeavour and fortitude have seen him achieve a remarkable amount at an early stage of life. Vice Captain of Ulladulla High School, Cub Scout Leader and winner of the Shoalhaven Superheroes School Youth Category, Lachlan also holds down a casual job.

This may sound like a lot, but it’s only the start of Lachlan’s achievements after attending the SYVI program two years ago. Lachlan is now a valuable member of the Rural Fire Brigade, attends Call Outs, weekly training sessions and has gone on to gain his Medium Rigid Driving licence which allows him to drive the Category 1 Fire Truck to emergencies.

Federally funded and facilitated by Regional Development Australia – Far South Coast (RDA FSC), the SYVI training program provides year 10 students from both public and private schools with the opportunity to participate in accredited training with the Rural Fire Service. Over five full days, the teenagers are mentored by experienced RFS personnel and volunteers as they learn communication, teamwork and the value of volunteering with a local emergency agency.

SYVI is provided at no cost to the students and is often oversubscribed, meaning, unfortunately, many enthusiastic students have to be turned away. Like Lachlan, a large percentage of the graduates go on to become Volunteer Rural Fire Brigade Members, highlighting how important it is to secure funding and ensure the SYVI program continues into the future.

The SYVI program has trained more than 3500 South Coast students since 2001, and if Lachlan’s achievements, energy and attitude are anything to go by, RDA FSC is confident the value of this initiative will be recognised.

Lachlan Page with the Milton  RFS

RDA FSC CELEBRATES HARMONY DAY

RDA FSC CELEBRATES HARMONY DAY

Aboriginal Artist and Elder Aunty Marie Stewart attended a free movie screening of ‘The Merger’ as a guest of RDA FSC’s Violet Green, to celebrate Harmony Day in the Shoalhaven. Aunty Marie performed a Welcome to Country in front of a large audience. The event was...

read more
RDA FSC FACILITATES TEAM BUILDING DAY

RDA FSC FACILITATES TEAM BUILDING DAY

Violet Green, Regional Investment Officer-Jervis Bay Territory, facilitated Wreck Bay Aboriginal Community Council’s Team Building Day at Coolendel on the 21st March 2019. The workshop was well attended, with over 30 employees in attendance. Violet led team building...

read more

BBRF Round 3 Outcomes

The $641.6 million Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF) supports the Australian Government’s commitment to create jobs, drive economic growth and build stronger regional communities into the future. For Round 3, $200 million was available, with up to $45 million of...

read more

2019 COMMUNITY HERITAGE GRANTS ROUND NOW OPEN

The 2019 Community Heritage Grants funding round has now opened. The Community Heritage Grants (CHG) program provides grants of up to $15,000 to community organisations such as libraries, archives, museums, genealogical and historical societies, multicultural and...

read more
Translate »