Volunteers win state tourism award
CAPRICORN Coast Visitor Information Centre volunteers, Trevor Belz and Beverley Gilligan have received the highest accolade for their service when they were announced the winners of the 'Outstanding Contribution by a Volunteer or Volunteer Group' category at the 2011 Queensland Tourism Awards.
The Awards (presented by Queensland Airports Limited and hosted by the Queensland Tourism Industry Council) were held on Friday, November 4 at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre.
Premier Anna Bligh presented Mr Belz and Ms Gilligan with their award, the first out of thirty tourism award categories announced at the gala dinner attended by 800 tourism operators and VIPs from all over the state.
Mr Belz and Ms Gilligan won this prestigious award for having volunteered collectively for 42 years as ambassadors for the Capricorn Coast Visitor Information Centre in Yeppoon.
Both Mr Belz and Ms Gilligan have each dedicated the past 21 years of their lives to providing over 20,000 volunteer hours in working for absolutely no fee for the benefit of their hometown, the beautiful Capricorn Coast and islands of the Great Barrier Reef as well as the greater Capricorn region and the Queensland Tourism industry.
At 84 years of age this year, Mr Belz officially 'retired' from the Capricorn Coast Visitor Information Centre, having commenced his voluntary work in 1989, a year after the centre opened just prior to Christmas 1988.
Ms Gilligan continues to volunteer her services to the Capricorn Coast Visitor Information Centre (VIC), having commenced volunteering at the beginning of 1989, and claims she has at least another 10 years to give.
Capricorn Enterprise chief executive, Mary Carroll said: "We are all so very proud of Trevor and Bev for winning this prestigious award.
"Their dedication and passion for our destination over the past 21 years represents and pays tribute to all of our 100 wonderful volunteers, without whom we could not operate our five visitor information centres in Yeppoon, Rockhampton and Emerald seven days a week.
"Nominating them for this award was the least we could do to say thank you," she said.