10 January 2006
Training for the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games volunteers is now underway with 1400 volunteers having already received their initial training at Holmesglen Institute of TAFE, the Official Training Provider for the Games.
Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games, Chief Executive Officer, Mr John Harnden, said he is delighted with the enthusiasm of the volunteer workforce and with 64 days to go until the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games begin, it is business as usual for the volunteer program as the 15,000 strong volunteer workforce go through the motions to be part of the biggest cultural and sporting event in Victoria’s history.
Roles, training schedules and workforce rosters were released to volunteers on 2 November 2005. Since then a small number of volunteers, approximately 1200, have not been able to take up their volunteer role with the Games due to a variety of individual reasons.
“We are delighted with the response to date and we expected that some volunteers who signed up to the program in January 2005 would not be able to fulfil their volunteer commitments in March 2006,” Mr Harnden said.
“We have always been very up front with our volunteers throughout the process and it was communicated to them that some volunteers in some roles would be required up to 60 hours a week, 6 days a week throughout the month of March - which is a short and intensive period.”
“We continue to be overwhelmed by how many willing participants from Victoria, interstate and overseas are itching to be a part of the Games. We have done our best to be flexible with each individual’s circumstances and, with the help of the Australian and State Governments, we can offer uniforms, meal vouchers and free public transport in metropolitan Melbourne (Zones 1, 2 and 3) and $10 discounted V-Line fares for Victorian regional volunteers coming to the Games.”
Mr Harnden said the Games are on track and the small number of volunteers who have not been able to take up their role with the Games are now being replaced by volunteers who missed out earlier last year, there are approximately 5000 volunteers in the reserve pool.
“We received 22,500 applications in 8 days last year for 15,000 volunteer roles. We have a strong reserve pool of eager volunteers on stand-by waiting to step up to take a role. To date we have already filled 700 of the 1200 vacated roles and have a further 500 or so volunteers already booked in for interviews to replace the rest,” Mr Harnden said.
Mr Harnden thanked the volunteers who have not been able to take up their volunteer role and said he looks forward to working with the strong 15,000 volunteer workforce who are getting ready to put on the best Games ever.
For further information please contact:
Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games
03 9613 2006 / 0409 004 372