Volunteering is a great way to have a meaningful and positive impact on your community. As a volunteer you will have opportunities to:

  • explore your interests
  • make new friends
  • gain skills and insights
  • improve your health and well-being.

Where can I volunteer?

Kempsey Community Directory lists local events and community groups that welcome volunteers. Local volunteering opportunities also appear below.

Community halls

Help organise social events and maintain the historic buildings of Kempsey Shire. To explore being a casual volunteer or joining a hall committee near you, see Venues and facilities for hire.

Macleay Valley Community Art Gallery

The Macleay Valley Community Art Gallery in Gladstone proudly supports local and visiting artists and exhibitions. The gallery is administered and staffed by volunteers. To find out about volunteer opportunities at the gallery, phone 0434 597 800 or visit the gallery’s website.

Wigay Aboriginal Cultural Park

Wigay Aboriginal Cultural Park is a 2.75-hectare park in West Kempsey featuring a variety of plants with bush tucker or traditional Aboriginal uses. Volunteers help ensure the park is preserved and maintained.

The Wigay Park Management Committee is also open to community members. For more information, visit the Macleay Valley Coast website or phone 1800 642 480.

Volunteering at a Council facility

Kempsey Shire Council values volunteers and welcomes their generous contributions to the Macleay Valley community. Please visit the Volunteer with Council page for more details.

Under the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 (NSW), Council has the same duty of care to its volunteers as it does to employees. We therefore require all volunteers to participate in an induction program. For more information, contact us on 6566 3200.

Induction documentation

Working with Children Check

Volunteers who have direct contact with children will need a Working with Children Check. This is free for volunteers.

You can apply for a NSW Working with Children Check here.

See also Kempsey Shire Council's Information for Volunteers(PDF, 544KB) on how to complete a Working with Children Check application.


For information on volunteering as a Centrelink requirement, please contact Centrelink.