9 May 2016 Volunteers are Heroes

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This week is National Volunteer Week and Council wants to use the occasion to publicly thank all the unsung heroes from the small army of volunteers who help keep the city running and attractive to both residents and visitors. 

“I’m humbled every time I come across the many, many selfless heroes behind the smooth running of the sports, community, tourism and cultural facilities that we often take for granted,” said Coffs Harbour Mayor, Councillor Denise Knight. 

“I never cease to be amazed when I find out just how many hours of their lives people are happy to give up. In some cases, when you add it up, it’s literally years. So I’m delighted to have this opportunity to say thank you personally to the people who do so much for the whole Coffs Harbour community.” 

Council currently has more than 460 volunteers on its books and they help keep some of the city’s most important facilities running including the Coffs C.ex International Stadium, the Botanic Garden, Jetty Memorial Theatre, community halls, Community Village, the Regional Gallery, the many sports fields and grounds, libraries and the Regional Museum. 

Plus there is also the Coffs Ambassadors team that use their own time and knowledge to showcase the area’s breathtaking hidden gems and the volunteers of the Visitor Information Centre who do sterling work to make visitors feel welcome and valued. 

In addition, a large number of locals also sit on a wide range of advisory committees where they give their time and expertise for the benefit of the community – and not forgetting the dedicated few who mow public reserves in their own time. 

“Volunteers are among the most community minded people I know,” said Siân Nivison, Council’s Group Leader Community and Cultural Services. “Because they’re working in a location or at an activity that they support and value, they bring energy and enthusiasm to everything they do. 

“Council is enormously lucky to be able to rely on such committed volunteers.” 

Council is always on the look-out for volunteers. Anyone interested in volunteering can call 02 6648 4000 for a chat about the opportunities available.