Volunteers officially thanked for their time

About 30 Burdekin Tourism Association volunteers were officially thanked for the time they put in to help visitors and promote the region this morning.

Burdekin Shire Council Mayor Bill Lowis said volunteers were the backbone of many organisations in the Burdekin.

“The theme for National Volunteer Week 2012 is Volunteers – Every One Counts and this sends a strong message to existing volunteers that they are valued,” he said during the morning tea at Pantry Door.

“Thank you to each and every one of you that volunteer for the Burdekin Tourism Association. Your dedication and commitment in providing visitor information services in Ayr and Home Hill is greatly appreciated.”

Cr Lowis said some volunteers went out of their way to help stranded tourists during the floods earlier in the year.

“I know there were a few residents who took in backpackers who were stranded in the Burdekin during the floods,” he said.

“These people went out of their way to help our young visitors, many who were living in their cars, by offering them a place to sleep.

“I am aware that these residents have since received letters of thanks from their guests.

“It is this sort of welcoming attitude that is drawing backpackers to the Burdekin from the world over.”

One of those who opened their homes to stranded backpackers was Burdekin Tourism Association president Ross Gambino.

Mr Gambino also thanked the volunteers for their time and dedication.

“Without our volunteers, there would be no one to guide tourists around the Shire,” he said.

Nationwide, volunteers contribute more than 700 million hours of community service in health care, heritage and arts, environment conservation, emergency services, education, social justice and sports.

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