Timeline and photos: Wheatbelt volunteering shortage

Volunteering in the Wheatbelt region was in the spotlight throughout 2019, following a decision to no longer hold the fortnightly Northam Farmer's Markets and not launch a community cinema due to a lack of volunteers.

As a result, the Avon Valley and Wheatbelt Advocate launched an investigative series exploring into the topic.

January 2019

Photo: Eliza Wynn.

Photo: Eliza Wynn.

February 2019

Vollies wanted: The Shire of Northam is running a recruitment drive to ensure properties and lives can be protected during the bushfire season. Photo: Michele Blackhurst.

Vollies wanted: The Shire of Northam is running a recruitment drive to ensure properties and lives can be protected during the bushfire season. Photo: Michele Blackhurst.

March 2019

Minister's say: Minister for Volunteering Mick Murray has said Northam's lack of volunteers is disappointing. Photo: Collie Mail/ Angie Roe Photography.

Minister's say: Minister for Volunteering Mick Murray has said Northam's lack of volunteers is disappointing. Photo: Collie Mail/ Angie Roe Photography.

Despite concluding the formal series looking into volunteering, stories continued to emerge throughout the remainder of 2019.

May 2019

Photo: Supplied.

Photo: Supplied.

July 2019

Northam Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service volunteers Garrick Doye, Cameron Fernihough, Peter Gibbs and captain Scott Horlin. Photo: Carla Hildebrandt.

Northam Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service volunteers Garrick Doye, Cameron Fernihough, Peter Gibbs and captain Scott Horlin. Photo: Carla Hildebrandt.

August 2019

 A team effort: The Northam Lions Club and Fresh Start Recovery Program have teamed up to benefit the greater good. Photo: Eliza Wynn.

A team effort: The Northam Lions Club and Fresh Start Recovery Program have teamed up to benefit the greater good. Photo: Eliza Wynn.

September 2019

Steve Douglas with St John Chairman Shayne Leslie.

Steve Douglas with St John Chairman Shayne Leslie.

November 2019

Photo: Supplied.

Photo: Supplied.

December 2019

Colourful characters: Volunteers were invtied to wear red on International Volunteer Day. Photo: Supplied.

Colourful characters: Volunteers were invtied to wear red on International Volunteer Day. Photo: Supplied.