Cen­tre in line for award

Myrtleford Times - - Letters To The Editor -

RE­WARD: The vol­un­teers be­hind the suc­cess of the Myrtle­ford Visi­tor In­for­ma­tion Cen­tre are ex­cited to be nom­i­nated in the Vic­to­rian Re­gional Achieve­ment and Com­mu­nity Awards. PHOTO: Tate Spi­teri

THE Myrtle­ford Visi­tor In­for­ma­tion Cen­tre has been nom­i­nated for com­mu­nity group of the year for Awards Aus­tralia’s Vic­to­rian Re­gional Achieve­ment and Com­mu­nity Awards.

The com­mu­nity group of the year award recog­nises groups that make a sig­nif­i­cant con­tri­bu­tion to their com­mu­nity.

The win­ner will re­ceive ei­ther $2000 or air­time pack­ages from Prime7 as well as a cer­tifi­cate of nom­i­na­tion.

The Myrtle­ford Visi­tor In­for­ma­tion Cen­tre, lo­cated be­tween Alpine Gate Café and the Myrtle­ford Post Of­fice is staffed by a dy­namic team of 28 vol­un­teers.

It is open seven days a week, 364 days of the year which equates to 2920 vol­un­teered hours an­nu­ally.

“These (nom­i­nated) com­mu­nity groups share a strong sense of team spirit, and play a vi­tal role in en­hanc­ing the so­cial, eco­nomic, com­mer­cial and en­vi­ron­men­tal pros­per­ity of their re­gion,” Awards Aus­tralia direc­tor Ge­off Grif­fin said.

“Whether it is work­ing to­gether on an event or pro­vid­ing a ser­vice or pro­gram, it is im­por­tant to recog­nise and en­cour­age these groups as their ef­forts help to make our com­mu­ni­ties stronger and more vi­brant.”

Alpine Shire Coun­cil’s man­ager of eco­nomic and com­mu­nity de­vel­op­ment Elaine Bur­ridge said the in­for­ma­tion cen­tre and its vol­un­teers play a cru­cial role in tourism, not only in Myrtle­ford but for the en­tire Alpine Shire.

“The team com­prises of lo­cals who love where they live and are pas­sion­ate about shar­ing their knowl­edge with visi­tors to the re­gion,” she said.

“The cen­tre and the vol­un­teers are an in­valu­able as­set to a re­gion that is con­tin­u­ally ex­pand­ing and grow­ing in the tourism realm.”

The visi­tor cen­tre as­sists a num­ber of lo­cal busi­nesses through in-store pro­mo­tion in the way of brochures and dis­plays.

It also stocks a vast se­lec­tion of lo­cal pro­duce in­clud­ing gourmet jams, pre­serves, olive oils, lo­cally made wood­works, crafts and an ar­ray of lo­cal wines.

On top of their usual four-hour fort­nightly shifts vol­un­teers also par­take in reg­u­lar famil- iari­sa­tion events vis­it­ing lo­cal busi­nesses, at­trac­tions and land­marks to gain a first per­son ex­pe­ri­ence to share with tourists.

With Myrtle­ford be­ing the gate­way to both to the snow­fields of Mt Hotham and Falls Creek they are also well versed in their knowl­edge of the re­sorts.

The cen­tre also dis­plays daily snow re­ports and road con­di­tions for trav­ellers.

A gala din­ner for the The Vic­to­rian Re­gional Achieve­ment and Com­mu­nity Awards will be held in Oc­to­ber.

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