Clarion call for Salamander Men’s Shed and Yacaaba Centre

John Warburton, Lynn Vatner and John Weaver.
John Warburton, Lynn Vatner and John Weaver.


VOLUNTEERS in a community such as Port Stephens are vital for many organisations, some of which couldn’t survive without them.

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Some volunteers we see face to face, whilst others are behind the scenes.

From those who listen to children read, conduct rescues with Marine Rescue Port Stephens and everything in between, John Weaver, Salamander Bay Men’s Shed, said, “Volunteers are both the glue that holds our community together, and the lubricant that keeps things moving.”

In conjunction with the Yacaaba Centre and Nelson Bay Bowling Club, the three organisations came up with the idea of a Local Heroes Dinner, whereby volunteers, their families and friends are welcome to attend and celebrate the great work done by all.

The event will take place on Saturday 12 August and will include, drinks upon arrival, a three course meal, wine, and entertainment provided by Charlotte Rose featuring Paul Greig.

The Rotary Club of Nelson Bay will use the event to present their Local Hero award.

The theme of the evening is to thank, applaud and honour the people who man the op shops, keep the school canteens functioning, and support those in need.

By bringing volunteers together, it will provide a networking opportunity and broaden everyone’s knowledge base of what is available and who to contact.

“The Yacaaba Centre would not be able to function without our volunteers. From [our] Management Committee to our daily reception desk, the volunteers keep the Yacaaba Centre running. Often volunteers feel they ‘don’t do much’ however without their cheerful welcoming smile and caring responses, our client experiences could be very different,” Lynn Vatner, Manager of the Yacaaba Centre said.

Lynn told News Of The Area, “We could not be the service we are without them and this is a great opportunity to show our appreciation.”

For information, contact Nicole on 49 811 272.


By  Mandy ELLIS

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