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.
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.