Invaluable volunteers come together to celebrate Christmas
  • Tuesday 14 December 2010

Sunshine Coast Council has acknowledged and thanked 330 volunteers for their tremendous work throughout the year at the nine Visitor Information Centres across the Coast.

More than 250 local volunteers and their partners came together to celebrate their efforts at a Christmas party on Thursday 9 December at the Events Centre in Caloundra.

Attendees enjoyed the fancy dress theme of the night of ‘come as a tourist or Sunshine Coast attraction’.

Social Strategy Portfolio Councillor Anna Grosskreutz said council’s Visitor Information Centre staff organised the night to thank the volunteers for their contribution to the tourism industry throughout the year.

"Volunteers provide invaluable local knowledge and information to visitors when they arrive on the Coast," she said.

With entertainment provided by the Brooker Brothers and plenty of Christmas cheer, the night was hailed a tremendous success.

According to Caloundra Road Visitor Centre volunteer Chris Pemberton, the evening was a chance to celebrate the year with fellow volunteers.

"When we arrived, the party was in full swing. It was a lovely warm atmosphere – fantastic to see so many old and new faces," he said.

Tourism operators across the Sunshine Coast donated prizes for the evening, recognising the value volunteers bring to the tourism industry.

The volunteers work across council’s nine centres at Caloundra Road and Bulcock Street in Caloundra, Kawana, Glass House Mountains, Montville, Mooloolaba, Cotton Tree, Coolum and Sunshine Coast Airport.