More than 400 Curtin Volunteers will tackle 36 community service projects across WA as part of John Curtin Weekend starting on Friday 2 October.
Now in its 10th year, John Curtin Weekend, organised by Curtin University of Technology, is one of WA’s largest annual community projects and honours Australia’s wartime Prime Minister.
John Curtin Weekend coordinator, Maureen Meredith, said students, staff and alumni would work with local residents to complete projects over four weekends.
“The regional projects benefit country towns and also provide a great rural life experience for our international student volunteers,” she said.
“The volunteers usually leave Perth on Friday afternoon or Saturday morning, with locals providing accommodation at farm stays, clubhouses and even shearers’ quarters in the towns they visit.
“Projects include painting shelters at Bakers Hill, working with Broomehill residents on finishing the Holland Track Walk Trail, and helping to preserve the coastal dune system in Margaret River.”
Also part of these activities, the John Curtin Medal is awarded to members of the community who demonstrate his qualities of vision, leadership and community service.
The Medal is presented at a special ceremony that commemorates the anniversary of his accession to the country’s highest political office on 7 October 1941. The 12th ceremony will be held on Friday 9 October at the University’s Bentley Campus.
Curtin Volunteers! is a not-for-profit student run organisation that has been a part of Curtin for 15 years.