In recognition of National Volunteer Week, Southern Downs Mayor Tracy Dobie has recognised and paid tribute to the passion and dedication of local volunteers and their contribution to the community.

“One of the hallmarks of our vibrant community is the enormous contribution made by volunteers to the Southern Downs,” Cr Dobie said. “It’s important to recognise and show our appreciation for those who selflessly give of their time to volunteer across our region, whether it be in tourism and events, the SES or local sporting clubs, or different groups and organisations. These people help make our region what it is; they are the heart and soul of our community.”

National Volunteer Week acknowledges the contributions made by Australian volunteers to the community in a range of fields. From Monday 21 to Sunday 27 May, thousands of events will be held across the country to say thank you to the six million Australians who volunteer their time.

Cr Dobie made special mention of the community members who contribute their time and expertise to Southern Downs Regional Council’s Visitor Information Centres (VIC). More than 40 volunteers dedicate themselves to meeting and greeting visitors to our region in both the Warwick and Stanthorpe Information Centres. “These volunteers play a tremendous role as ambassadors for our region, helping visitors make the most of their stay on the Southern Downs,” Cr Dobie said. “The knowledge and enthusiasm of these volunteers is invaluable to the region’s tourism industry.”

Groups and organisations across the Southern Downs welcome new volunteers, so people would like to take a more active role in the community, get in touch with a group which aligns with their skills and interests. New volunteers are also welcome at the Warwick and Stanthorpe Visitor Information Centres.

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