BACK IN TIME: Maclean Public School principal Sandra Armstrong looks over memorabilia at the Maclean Public School celebrations on Sunday
BACK IN TIME: Maclean Public School principal Sandra Armstrong looks over memorabilia at the Maclean Public School celebrations on Sunday Debrah Novak

OPINION: Valley’s giving nature

YOU didn't have to look far on Saturday night to see the pride and spirit of the Clarence Valley alive and well at the Magpies Centenary Dinner.

While the Magpies were celebrating their 100 years, Maclean Public school were celebrating 150 years of public education.

It is so obvious none of this would have happened without volunteers.

I am always really surprised when people say "I am only a volunteer" like they are a second class citizen.

The Clarence Valley has the highest rate of volunteering in NSW so you can imagine how much money that is saving the government.

But there is much more to volunteering.

The number of volunteers in the valley tells us we have a very high rate of giving within our community.

When I volunteer for projects I see no difference between doing paid and volunteer work.

And it's great to see our Wooli SES volunteer Richard Taffs recognised in the Queen's Birthday honours list.

Volunteers also have a responsibility to the community as custodians of their local culture.

Culture can be defined as art, sport, how we live, work and play and what we do and what has been done in the past.

Our legacy like the Magpies Rugby League Club and Maclean Public School is to ensure what we have started lasts for future generations.



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