Centre in line for award
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.