Fraser Coast museums and cultural centres need your help

THE Fraser Coast Regional Council is calling for volunteers to assist at several of its facilities across the region.

 GOOD VIBES: Bond Store Museum volunteers Karen Birt and Sandy Peters are looking for helpers to spread the good news about Maryborough and the region. PHOTO: Supplied.

Many of the region’s attractions are run and operated by hardworking volunteers who put in the hours out of love and respect for their city.

Mayor George Seymour said volunteers are there to do more than just turn the lights on and off.

“They help bring the visitor’s experience alive and personalise their visit whether it is to the Bond Store Museum or the Story Bank. When you visit a new city, even armed with the best guidebook, nothing can beat inside information from locals on the best places to visit,” Cr Seymour said.

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Council’s Cultural Services team is currently looking for volunteers to help at several of its facilities.

“There is something for everyone,” Cr Seymour said.

“We’re looking for storytellers to be involved with the Maryborough Walking trail; greeters at the Bond Store; and coffee and bar attendants at the Brolga Theatre.”

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Other volunteer programs run by Council also cover the Community Environment Program, Friends of the Cemetery and Friends of the Fraser Coast Libraries.

Two volunteers who say they never stop learning about Maryborough through their work are Sandy Peters and Karen Birt.

Despite living in the Heritage City for 50 years, both say they’re always learning more about the local history.

Both moved here to marry and start families. Both have strong family connections to the city with grandparents and parents growing up in Maryborough; and spending many holidays there.

And both agree there is still so much to learn.

“We are still learning about the history of the city,” Sandy said.

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“I love telling visitors about the Bond Store, the history of the building and museum. It’s amazing that warships were built and launched one block from the CBD,” Karen said.

Both love swapping stories with the visitors and giving them the low-down on places to visit and things to do in the ‘Borough.

For more information on Council’s volunteer programs and how you can get involved, click here.

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