- Wednesday 29 June 2011
The success of Mill Place as a community hub is testament to the many dedicated volunteers who donate their time and skills to the precinct – managed by Sunshine Coast Council.
Hours of volunteer time are clocked up each month by Cooroy community members. In the month of May, a whopping total of 524 hours were donated to work on the many activities that occur on Mill Place.
Volunteers are involved in activities such as the Cooroy Community Gardens, Friends of Mill Place, Lower Mill Board and adult literacy tutoring.
Cooroy Community Precinct Manager, Tracey King acknowledged that Mill Place successfully hosted over 400 events in the past twelve months thanks to the assistance of volunteers.
"Mill Place is a vibrant hub in Cooroy and that’s because of the positivity and enthusiasm of our volunteers," Ms King said.
Volunteers from the Friends of Mill Place work together to run the Retail Store in the Cooroy Library. They also meet on a monthly basis to plan their next activities and they host a weekly game of Scrabble in the library.
The Cooroy Community Gardeners are a passionate group of people who hosted a grand garden opening at the beginning of the month. They run monthly working bees and workshops and meet regularly to discuss where to source ingredients for their compost heap, the planned herb spiral and the recently planted banana circle.
Adult literacy tutors provide literacy training that helps people improve their reading, writing, spelling, maths and English language skills. Information technology savvy volunteers provide free tuition to people wanting to improve their computer skills.
Volunteers assist the Butter Factory Arts Centre with exhibition openings and mail-outs. All the work undertaken by the Camphor Laurel Initiative and the Cooroora Woodworkers is also on a voluntary basis.
"It’s really inspiring the amount of assistance we receive, we owe the great success of Mill Place to the assistance of the Cooroy community," Ms King said.
Friends of Mill Place are currently seeking interested volunteers to start tours of the precinct, including the restored boiler house and kilns.
If this sounds like something you would like to do, drop into the Cooroy Library to find out more about how you can be part of the ongoing activities at Mill Place.