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Volunteers add value to Mackay Tourism

Mackay Tourism is on the search for passionate volunteer ambassadors to help run the Mackay Visitor Information Centre on Nebo Road.  

Mackay Tourism volunteer ambassadors collectively contribute almost 50 hours per week to ensure the Visitor Information Centre opens daily to service visitors travelling in the region.

Mackay Tourism has around 30 ambassadors throughout the year and long-serving volunteers say it’s the friendship, social aspects and willingness to promote The Mackay Region as a travel destination that has them wanting to contribute year after year.

Benefits of being a volunteer ambassador include sharing knowledge and experience about The Mackay Region, familiarisation trips to different businesses and locations around the region, and networking and social events.

Volunteer ambassadors generally work shifts based on a seven day roster from 9am to 1pm and 1pm to 5pm.

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Volunteers Bernie McCarthy, Joann Lamperd and John Blackwell tell us why they love being part of Mackay Tourism’s Visitor Information Centre.

 

Bernie McCarthy

What made you volunteer at Mackay Tourism?

I retired earlier than expected and heard that the Visitor Information Centre was an interesting place to volunteer.

How long have you been in Mackay and volunteering at Mackay Tourism?

In Mackay 42 years and volunteering at Mackay Tourism for 3 months.

What’s your favourite thing to see or do in Mackay?

Trips to some of the 31 beaches around the area.

If you could give one tip to visitors, what would it be?

Allow enough time to have a good look around. 

 

Joann Lamperd

What made you volunteer at Mackay Tourism?

As I was not working, a friend suggested I try it. I was born and bred here and knew a lot of the history of Mackay.

How long have you been in Mackay and volunteering at Mackay Tourism?

I was born here and have been volunteering for about 18 months.

What’s your favourite thing to see or do in Mackay?

I love going up to Eungella and enjoying the scenery and walking through the rainforest.

If you could give one tip to visitors, what would it be?

Take your time and look around the region. There are a lot of hidden gems here.

 

John Blackwell 

What made you volunteer at Mackay Tourism? 

John Cant (fellow volunteer ambassador) and I had just left the MECC Bar and were looking for further volunteering work. We walked in here and liked what we saw. 

How long have you been in Mackay and volunteering at Mackay Tourism? 

In Mackay 15 years, volunteering 10 years. 

What’s your favourite thing to see or do in Mackay? 

Apart from golfing/gardening/grandkids, it would have to be overnight in Eungella at Broken River Mountain Resort with meals at Possums Restaurant. 

If you could give one tip to visitors, what would it be?

Come on the free Mackay Heritage Walk (Wednesdays & Thursdays from 8.45am May – September)

 

Contact: 

Melissa Woods - Communications Officer

0448 994 180

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Published: 24 October 2017