Tanya Davies MP. Member for Mulgoa.


Monday December 12, 2016

Tanya Davies MP, Member for Mulgoa has announced a recipient of the Premier’s Volunteer Recognition Program, an initiative to enable local communities in Mulgoa to formally acknowledge the contributions made by outstanding volunteers.


“I was thrilled to congratulate Ms Janice Rego of Western Sydney University on receiving the Premier’s Volunteer Recognition Award for Project Volunteering,” said Tanya Davies.


Ms Rego volunteers as a MATES Mentor, providing guidance and support to new students. MATES is a mentoring and transition program that supports commencing students in their first session at Western Sydney University. Mentors show new students how to be a university student and navigate the university learning environment.


Tanya Davies said that the Baird Government is committed to properly recognising and celebrating the important role that volunteers play in local communities across NSW.


“This initiative is designed to encourage more people to volunteer by recognising and promoting the contributions people are already making,” Tanya Davies said.


The Program involves six categories:

  • Students age up to 14 years or end of Year 9 (criteria: 3 months regular volunteering and minimum of 13 hours in one year)
  • Students age 15 years or end of Year 10 (criteria: 6 months regular volunteering and minimum of 26 hours in one year)
  • Students age 16 years or end of Year 11 (criteria: 12 months regular volunteering and minimum of 52 hours in one year)
  • Volunteering effort by those up to 40 years of age
  • People with more than 25 years of volunteering experience
  • People with more than 40 years of volunteering experience.


Tanya Davies said that volunteers provide 240 million hours of support in NSW each year, which is worth around $5 billion to our economy.


“These numbers clearly show how important it is to recognise the work being done by volunteers and to continue to encourage more and more people to volunteer,” Tanya Davies said.


To nominate a volunteer for recognition or to find more about the Premier’s Volunteer Recognition Program please visit: