Call for volunteers to join the Visitor Information Centre
There is no better way of promoting Charters Towers than being part of the volunteer team at the Visitor Information Centre (VIC).
That is the opinion of two long-time VIC volunteers, Rob Dixon and Jean Lindley who between them have given more than 16 years of service promoting the town they love.
But as much as the willing volunteers enjoy promoting the Charters Towers region, there is a need for more willing locals to join the ranks of volunteers at the Visitor Information Centre.
The VIC's tourism officer and volunteer coordinator Leesa Treen has put out a call for more volunteers to join the team of 34 who are currently available.
"This is a very fulfilling role for people of all ages with a passion for our community," Leesa said.
"Our volunteers are vital in promoting the whole Charters Towers region to our visitors and also new residents. We have a wonderful group of volunteers here and any new volunteers will make new friends and really enjoy the experience."
Volunteers are asked to commit to a morning or an afternoon shift once a week at the VIC. New volunteers are paired with an experienced person to learn the necessary skills.
"We also take our volunteers on a monthly famil – that's a tour of a tourist attraction and accommodation houses in our region," Leesa said.
"We have a great time but also learn something new about where we live."
Jean Lindley has been a volunteer for 10 years, working at the Ghost of Gold Gift Shop and continues to enjoy her involvement because she likes meeting different types of people.
"I love helping this community. I'm always ready to trumpet all the attractions Charters Towers has to offer," Jean said. "There's so many interesting things to see and do."
For Rob Dixon, his six years as a volunteer brings immense personal satisfaction.
"I've lived in Charters Towers almost all my life," he said. "I'm meeting lots of different types of people through the Information Centre. I was just speaking with three young German backpackers who were looking for work so I told them where they could inquire."
Rob said he also sees a lot of people come through who are on a family history search.
"Because I've lived here so long, I can often give them first-hand information on their family. That always impresses people. I can usually tell them where their relative lived too."
The Centre is often the first stop visitors make when they arrive in Charters Towers, according to Leesa.
"Visitors are provided with details about facilities and services available in our region as well as information and directions of the many heritage walks, the audio self-drive tour and all of the attractions that make Charters Towers the unique experience that it is," she said.
The VIC is open seven days a week and last year welcomed in excess of 30,000 visitors through its doors. In fact during the busy tourist season, as many as 300 people pass through the busy centre in a single day.
If you would like more information on joining the team and becoming a volunteer at the Visitor Information Centre, phone Leesa Treen on 07 4761 5550.
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