IN CELEBRATION of Volunteers Week, Fraser Coast Tourism and Events (FCTE) is recognising how important volunteers are to the events and tourism industries across the region.
FCTE has over 100 dedicated volunteers that assist with the organisation and running of events and the daily operation of Visitor Information Centres.
Andrew Dower, Senior Event Coordinator said volunteers were a vital part of each event.
"Our volunteers have really diverse rolls across our events. They do anything from setting up marquees and chairs to setting tables and serving food.
"It's a great way to learn new skills, meet new people and give something back to the community. This year, we have allocated key volunteers to coordinating complete aspects of some events.
"We wouldn't be able to deliver our events if it wasn't for our tribe of dedicated volunteers. Thank you to everyone who donates their time to deliver our community wonderful events throughout the year," said Mr Dower.
Scott Robinson, a Traffic Management Implementation Officer by day, has been volunteering at Fraser Coast events since the 2011 Mary Poppins Festival.
"We as volunteers always get shown a lot of appreciation from the community for what we do in helping stage these events. Working with an awesome group of people is the highlight," said Mr Robinson.
Andrew Ellis, Visitor Information Centre Coordinator said volunteers in the centres were an incredibly important part of the daily operation of the business.
"Our volunteers in the Visitor Information Centres greet guests to the region, give them information on the area, products and services that are available.
"We have volunteers who have donated their time for over 10 years, plus people who have owned their own tourism businesses previously and are now giving back to the region," said Mr Ellis.
A couple of facts:
Four Visitor Information Centres across the Fraser Coast use the services of 70 volunteers.
Two of these Visitor Information Centres are run purely by volunteers.
To run events, 124 volunteers were engaged in 2016.
To discuss becoming a volunteer with FCTE, please call 0741912600.