Coun­cil makes life cruisier for tourism vol­un­teers

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

TOURISTS and cruise ship vol­un­teers have ben­e­fited from a gen­er­ous boost from Whit­sun­day Re­gional Coun­cil.

Mayor An­drew Will­cox met with Air­lie Beach Cruise Ship Am­bas­sadors on Mon­day at Abell Point Ma­rina to hand over about 30 park­ing per­mits and 12 chairs.

Co-or­di­na­tor and vol­un­teer for Air­lie Beach Cruise Ship Am­bas­sadors Brian Richardson said the chairs would be ben­e­fi­cial to those who needed a break while wait­ing to board the cruise ships.

“Some­times peo­ple have in­juries or they’re at an age when they need a rest,” he said.

“It’s good for them to have some chairs avail­able for them to sit on and wait to jump back on board (the ships).”

The chairs are sta­tioned at Abell Point Ma­rina and put on the decks when vis­it­ing cruise ships ar­rive.

Mr Richardson said the coun­cil pro­vided the park­ing per­mits to be used when cruise ships were in so vol­un­teers could park in the coun­cil car parks dur­ing their shifts.

“Most of the am­bas­sadors do a three-hour stint at a time so they shouldn’t have to worry about us­ing pub­lic trans­port,” he said.

“Now they don’t have to pay for park­ing and you shouldn’t have to when you’re vol­un­teer­ing for the cruise ships.”

As the vol­un­teers give up their time to help out, Mr Will­cox said it made sense to pro­vide per­mits as they should not have to pay for park­ing when they vol­un­teered.

“You can’t re­ally charge them when they’re vol­un­teer­ing to show peo­ple around this beau­ti­ful lo­ca­tion,” he said.

“Some of the peo­ple who come in on the cruise ships that we’ve spo­ken to have said how the am­bas­sadors are a high­light of their trip be­cause they’re so help­ful.”

Mr Will­cox said the vol­un­teers were “very happy” and “very grate­ful” to re­ceive the chairs and per­mits.

“For the amount of work they do and to be happy to re­ceive some chairs, which aren’t even for them but to pro­vide to tourists, it shows just how self­less they are.

“It’s a mar­vel­lous thing for the whole com­mu­nity and we’re grate­ful for the great job they do be­cause they re­ally are out­stand­ing.”

Mr Richardson said it was “good to see” coun­cil recog­nised the need for chairs and park­ing per­mits.

To vol­un­teer to be an am­bas­sador, phone Brian Richardson 0400 985 760 or visit air lie beach am­bas­sadors. word­press.com.

Photo: con­trib­uted

CON­TRI­BU­TION: Cruise Ship Am­bas­sador Gay Bow­den, Cr An­drew Will­cox, Cruise Ship Am­bas­sador Brian Richardson, Cr Jan Clif­ford and Cruise Ship Am­bas­sador Peter Payne at Abell Point Ma­rina on Mon­day re­ceiv­ing the 12 chairs and park­ing per­mits.

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