Celebrating the fuel that powers the Capricorn Coast

A day in the life of a Capricorn Coast Visitor Information Centre volunteer is full of cheer, bellies brimming with laughter and a hearty communal love for promoting everything fabulous about our incredible destination.

The busy 31 year-old information hub, which on a ‘normal’ year is open 363 days, takes over 2400 phone enquiries and welcomes over 14,000 visitors annually, runs impressively on 5725 volunteer hours performed by a group of 32 humble heroes who generously donate their time expecting little in return.

Capricorn Enterprise CEO, Mary Carroll said, “This week, we are celebrating National Volunteer Week and showing gratitude to our volunteers for their continued commitment to showcasing our region.”

“Whilst our annual celebration of volunteering looks a little different this year, it is more important than ever to recognise and pay homage to our local volunteers, who put in so much effort to ensuring that holiday-makers and day-trippers are equipped with the knowledge and information needed to guarantee an unforgettable visit to the Capricorn Coast, and broader Capricorn region and Southern Great Barrier Reef destination.”

Following the temporary closure of the Centre back in March, adhering with regulated coronavirus restrictions to ensure safety, along with a fast-declining stream of visitors through its doors, our volunteers are enthusiastic about getting back to business and resuming their valued roles.

Hand delivering surprise ‘thank you’ hampers, Capricorn Enterprise centre supervisors, Leanne Smith and Kathi Perry could not be prouder of the work undertaken daily by their dedicated team.

“Each year, we normally get together and celebrate our volunteers over lunch or morning tea but this year, we needed to come up with something different to show how much we appreciate their hard work and commitment to promoting our destination,” said Leanne. “It will be lovely to drop in and see our volunteers after such a long time and surprise them with a gift to show our appreciation.”

The theme for National Volunteer Week 2020 is ‘Changing Communities, Changing Lives’ and in this constantly changing modern world in which we live, there is one steady collective of people we can always count on.

“On behalf of Capricorn Enterprise, we would like to express gratitude to every one of our volunteers for their enormous contribution to our tourism industry,” said Mary. “We are currently working through our COVID-safe checklist for getting our volunteers back working at the Visitor Information Centre and we are eager for the day when we reopen and begin welcoming holiday makers to our region.”

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