CityServe volunteers: Help transform Newcastle this October

21 Sep 2015

Help transform Newcastle this October! Once again, CityServe is calling upon volunteers to fill a full diary of service projects aimed at transforming Newcastle over several weekends of works.

The projects will improve areas right across the Newcastle local government area (LGA), with projects chosen in each ward of the city. This year's projects were jointly announced by Newcastle Lord Mayor Cr Nuatali Nelmes and CityServe Chairman Rick Prosser.

"Council is pleased to again take part in CityServe Newcastle and to continue the fantastic partnership that we have grown with CityServe over the past few years," said the Lord Mayor. "Our city has benefitted greatly from the work of CityServe volunteers to give our city a spruce up in past years and a number of great projects are planned for this year as well."
 
Rick Prosser CityServe Chairman says that “Cityserve is a unique initiative, with churches, businesses, Council and the community working together. CityServe is a reflection of the people's love for their city. We all can’t do everything but we can all do something. Contributing to our community for a day is doable and with others guaranteed enjoyable!"

Projects will target public facilities from the coast to the western corridor, with volunteer teams cleaning, repairing, painting and sprucing up picnic sets/public seats, senior citizen centres, fences and pavilions. There's also a focus on tidying up town centres (Beresfield, Stockton, Blackbutt, Beaumont Street) and planting and revegetation works (Nobbys breakwall, Lambton Park, King Edward Park, and Arcadia Park).

Numerous churches and community organisations across the area have already registered teams for specific projects however individuals are also encouraged to register and more volunteers are needed. Anyone over the age of 18 can volunteer their time and skills at www.CityServe.com.au.

CityServe Newcastle will take place over three weekends in October with a wide variety of projects taking place, including:
  • Planting 15,000 seedlings and mulching drainage areas at Lambton Park
  • Sanding and repainting Stockton seats and tables and Stockton Mitchell Street clean up
  • Planting and revegetation at Nobbys breakwall
  • Painting the outside of Beresfield Senior Citizens Centre
  • Clean and paint Centennial Park pavilions
  • Front garden and cleaning at Adamstown Senior Citizens Centre
 A new element this year is CityServe Beaumont Street, which will take place Saturday 26 September with volunteer groups including Generation City Church, Salvation Army Hamilton, Salvation Army Head Office Newcastle, Hamilton Baptists, Hamilton Presbyterian, REACH Newcastle and the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce.
 
"Last year, nearly 800 volunteers completed 40 plus projects across the LGA and they did an incredible job," said the Lord Mayor. "You don't have to have a specific skill set to volunteer--just enthusiasm and willingness to roll up your sleeves and get a bit dirty."
 
"CityServe is a fantastic example of what people can accomplish when they care about their community and are willing to work together for positive change."
 
Major sponsors supporting CityServe Newcastle 2015 include Newcastle City Council, Port of Newcastle, Rhema, the Newcastle Herald and NBN Television.