Bendigo's own Australia Day heroes

While the naming of the Australians of the Year is always an exciting event, Australia Day is also a good time to remember all the unsung heroes in our own communities, according to Lisa Chesters, Labor’s candidate for the Federal seat of Bendigo.

“Many of these are volunteers and I’d particularly like to highlight those at Bendigo Foodshare in Long Gully, who are some of our real Australia Day heroes.”

Ms Chesters said the Community Foodshare project, based in Long Gully, receives 10,000kg of food from local producers, suppliers and supermarkets each month. It redistributes this produce, and produce from FoodBank Victoria, to local emergency agencies and programs such as the KickStart Breakfast Program for Bendigo schools.

“Excess food includes end-of-line, mislabelled and overrun stock that is still suitable for human consumption.”

Ms Chesters said Foodbank Victoria works with a network of food producers across the state, including suppliers and agencies in the Bendigo area, to distribute food that would otherwise go to waste.”

“Bendigo Foodshare’s work is vital as the demand for welfare services has been growing at about 30 per cent over the past 12 months, and it all depends on their hard working volunteers.”

“People like these are the real heroes of Australia Day and this is a chance to recognise all those who do their bit to help their local communities.”