Great Southern Volunteer Conference

Saturday 25th June 2022

Do you play an important role in your club/community group? Join us for the Great Southern Volunteer Conference!

When: Saturday 25 June 

Where: City of Albany Civic Rooms - 102 North Road, Yakamia

There is also the opportunity to book a 1:1 session with one of our subject matter experts on Sunday 26 June 2022.

This event is proudly supported by Albany & Regional Volunteer Service, the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries and the City of Albany.


Download the conference timetable here

Ticket Options

Full Conference: $55 / person (inc. gst)

Attend the conference in person at Retravision Stadium. You will have the option to select your preferred sessions and receive access to our 1:1 sessions on Sunday 22. Ticket fee includes morning tea, lunch and sundowner nibbles. 

Virtual Conference: $27.50 (inc. gst)

Our virtual conference provides access to the keynote sessions and the most popular breakout sessions. This is a great option for those who are unable to travel to Albany for the conference or have a number of members who would like to listen in. 

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Session Description 


Attracting & Retaining Members & Volunteers with Natalie Bramble

Discover strategies, tips and practical ways you can get, and keep, volunteers that commit. Natalie will explore the post-COVID volunteering environment; your organisations culture and readiness; and strategies to engage young, and diverse community members.



Event Management on a Budget with Natalie Bramble

Events can be costly, but the good news is there are ways to run events without costing your club or community group a cent! Natalie will explore the common mistakes and challenges faced by clubs & community groups when planning an event. You will learn how and why you should think outside the box when planning events, as well as tips and tricks to leverage the assets you already have.



Risk Management & Assessment Planning with Christine Grogan

Are you unsure what strategies your club/community group should utilise to undertake risk management & assessment planning? Christine is here to help. You will learn what risk management and assessment planning is, why your community group/club should conduct risk management and assessment, and who should be involved in the process. Christine will also provide an introduction on key tools and language of risk management, and common categories of risk – including financial risk, member protection and reputational risk.



Marketing & Promotion with Tracey Bridges

If you are looking for ways to improve marketing and promotion activities within your club/community group, then this is the talk for you! This session will explore methods to engage with new members, improve relationships with current members, promote and launch events, and build long long-term marketing and promotional activities to align with your club/community group’s goals.



Mental Health Support for Members & Volunteers with Tracy Waddell

Having access to resources for mental health support can be of great benefit to your club/community group and its members. Join Tracy from WA Country Health Services, who will discuss:

  • Mental Health First Aid – what it is, what it is not, and who it is for
  • Local ACE Campaign– Ask, Communicate, Enlist
  • Local free mental health service providers and
  • Available Mental Health supports for sporting clubs and groups



    Planning for the Future: Clubs & Community Groups with Kim Buttfield

    Maximise your club/community group's potential with strategic planning expert Kim Buttfield. You will learn what strategic planning is, why your club/community group should have a strategic plan, who should be involved in the planning process, and the benefits of effective planning. Kim will discuss examples of best practice (and bad practice) strategic planning, providing the tools you need to start planning for your club/community group’s future.



    Sponsorships & Beyond with Kim Buttfield and Russell Hare

    Sourcing funding for your club/community group can be challenging. Join Russell and Kim for this informative session to maximise opportunities for funding at your club/community group.

    Russell will provide insight into sponsorships from a business perspective.  You will learn what businesses are looking for when making a sponsorship deal, and how you can make your club/community group stand out from the rest.

    Sponsorships are not the only way to source funding for your club/community group. Kim will explore a range of funding sources, some you may not have thought of, and will provide examples and practical strategies for you to implement at your club/community group.


    2:50pm-3:40pm & 3:45pm-4:30pm

    Creating an Inclusive Club – Aboriginal Inclusion, Disability Inclusion, Culturally & Linguistically Diverse Inclusion & LGBTQIA+ Inclusion

    Expand your knowledge and ability to engage with people from diverse backgrounds in this community-led session.

    Join Rob Cridge, a member of the Sailability program at Princess Royal Sailing Club, to learn how they have incorporated a successful and inclusive program for people living with a disability. Rob will discuss how your club/community group can encourage participation from people living with as disability.

    Join Robbie Miniter OAM and Dr May Carter, who will discuss how your club can support and engage with the Aboriginal community.

    Join Hazel Mitchell and Dimitie Cook, members of Albany Roller Derby League, who will discuss how their club has enhanced LGBTQIA+ inclusion and expression, and how your club can too.

    Join Julia Valentin from Albany Migrant Resource Centre, who will discuss how your club can support and engage with Albany's culturally and linguistically diverse community. 



    Grant Writing with Vicki Brown

    Take your grant writing to the next level! Vicki will share her experience and knowledge on grant writing, and explore what grant assessors are looking for when reviewing a grant application. Although this is one of our last sessions for the day, Vicki promises an engaging and informative workshop that will not leave you half-asleep.

    Speaker Biographies

    Robbie Miniter OAM & Dr May Carter

    Robbie is a Noongar Elder, born in Gnowangerup, where he lives with his wife and four daughters. Robbie is currently chairperson of the Gnowangerup Aboriginal Corporation Advisory group, and a representative for the South Coast Natural Resource Management landscape renewal project.

    Robbie also worked for the Wirrpanda Foundation as an Aboriginal Sports Development Officer for over seven years, motivating and upskilling young Aboriginal men to take on leadership roles such as coaching.  Robbie is the recipient of numerous awards for his work in the community, including receiving the Medal of the Order of Australia for service to the Indigenous community of Western Australia.

    Dr May Carter is a researcher, community enabler, and sustainability advocate, currently working with Robbie and Outdoors Great Southern as an Interpretation Officer, sharing her time between Denmark and Kalamunda. Dr Carter has worked in the recreation and community sector for almost forty years, and has post-graduate studies in social science and environmental management.

    Natalie Bramble

    Natalie lives and breathes community volunteers as the heart and soul of our communities. Her passion is to help improve communities by building stronger and sustainable organisations. She has worked with thousands of not-for-profits to improve their governance practices and operational procedures, leverage new opportunities and identify ways to improve their revenue. Natalie is so passionate about social equity that she started a digital learning enterprise ‘iClick2Learn’, which removes some of the barriers to accessing peer information and expert knowledge. Natalie has kindly made this amazing service available to all our attendees. 

    Christine Grogan

    After a 30-year career in Local and State Government, Christine now works with businesses and not-for-profits in the Great Southern region as an independent consultant though her business ‘Christine Grogan Project Management Services’, which she founded in 2017.

    Christine offers expertise in governance, strategic planning, business and project development, and risk assessment and management planning. Christine is a passionate supporter of small business and the not-for-profit sector, and believes they are the backbone of our communities.

    Kim Buttfield

    Kim has been an Albany local for over 20 years. Through her business ‘Kim Buttfield Consulting’, Kim is dedicated to supporting sport, recreation and community groups to improve their management practices, so they can spend more time doing what they love. Kim offers over 25 years’ experience in the community and sport sector, working across not-for-profit governance, club planning, volunteers support, funding, and community management.  Kim has seen firsthand how rural sporting clubs, community groups, and the people who make up these clubs, positively influence regional communities.

    Tracey Bridges

    Tracey specialises in process design, problem solving and customer engagement. Having worked in start-up, corporate and not-for-profit, she has a wide range of skills and experiences that she builds her workshops on. Outside her work life, you can find Tracey appreciating strong cups of tea and being dragged down the beach by her Great Dane, Lucy. 

    Tracy Waddell

    Tracy works for WA Country Health Service as a Population Health Officer. Tracy is an experienced Mental Health First Aid Instructor and a registered health promotion practitioner, with International Union for Health Promotion Education. Through her work, Tracy aims to provide clubs and community groups in the Great Southern region, with the tools they need to create a safe and welcoming environment for their members and volunteers. 

    Russell Hare

    Russell Hare commenced his career in Business Management over 20 years ago in his family owned business. In that time, Russell has seen Albany Retravision grow from a small business to the current large format store with 28 staff.

    Russell believes in inclusive partnerships; his success in business has been underpinned by strong relationships with staff, customers, business stakeholders, and the community. Russell is a vocal advocate of the ‘support local/shop local’ message, and believes in giving back to the Great Southern community via the Retravision Community Sponsorship Program.  

    Russell’s business acumen has seen him invited to contribute as vice president on the board of the Albany Chamber of Commerce (4.5 years), President of the North Albany Football Club (7 years) and President/Vice of the Collingwood Park Cricket Club (5 years). In 2021, he was recognised as the Business Person of the Year.

    Hazel Mitchell & Dimitie Cook

    Hazel is a coach and executive member of Albany Roller Derby League (ARDL).  Hazel has been a member of ARDL for over 7 years and has seen the importance of developments around inclusion and diversity from across the league. Hazel has represented Albany at International roller derby tournaments and coaches the ‘Skate Like a Girl’ group this season.  When she is not at roller derby Hazel is studying to become a nurse.

    Dimitie Cook is a passionate advocate for equality and social justice. She has seen firsthand how inclusion is key to sporting participation and retainment of athletes and volunteers. Dimitie works in mental health and love her dog Bandit.

    Robert Cridge

    Canadian born in 1968, Rob moved to Australia in 1992 and was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 1995. In 2014, Rob sailed for the first time; 9 weeks later, he was in Halifax Canada competing with 2 other sailors living with disability in the first qualification round to get to the Rio Paralympics. Although Rob did not make the Paralympics, it started his love of sailing. In 2016, Rob joined the Princess Royal Sailing Club and started participating in the Sailability program as both a participant and a volunteer. Rob joined Sailability to improve his own sailing skills, to teach other people living with disabilities how to sail, and continue to work towards his goal to compete in the para sailing world titles.

    Vicki Brown  

    With over 25 years experiences writing successful grants and sitting on grant assessment panels, Vicki has become one of Albany’s go to experts on all things grant writing. Vicki has lived in Albany for over 15 years, and has been actively involved in the Albany community throughout her professional career and as a volunteer. Vicki has gained extensive knowledge on grant writing as a manager of not-for-profit organisations, business advisor and project manager, and through her volunteer work, where she has chaired the board of numerous organisations including – Bendigo Bank and Great Southern Treasures.

    Event Details

    Time: 9:00am - 5:00pm

    Venue: City of Albany Civic Rooms - 102 North Road, Yakamia

    Cost: Full Conference: $55.00 Virtual Conference: $27.50


    Contact: Community Development Team

    Organisation: City of Albany

    Phone: (08) 6820 3008



    Event Date(s)

    • Saturday 25th June 2022

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