Volunteers recognised

ALL Beverley Gilligan expected was a nice dinner and to go home.

She certainly didn't expect to win an award for something she loves to do.

Long-standing Capricorn Coast Visitor Information Centre volunteers Trevor Belz and Mrs Gilligan (Gillo) received the highest accolade for their service at the 2011 Queensland Tourism Awards in Brisbane on Friday night.

"I went down there expecting to have a really nice dinner and come home," Mrs Gilligan said.

"However, I think Trevor expected to win and had space in his bag ready to bring the trophy home."

Mr Belz and Mrs Gilligan were the winners of the Outstanding Contribution by a Volunteer or Volunteer Group category.

Premier Anna Bligh presented the pair with their award - one of 30 announced at the gala dinner.

The pair have volunteered collectively for 42 years as ambassadors for the Capricorn Coast Visitor Information Centre in Yeppoon. They have provided over 20,000 volunteer hours, all because they love what they do.

Eighty-four year old Mr Belz has officially "retired" from the centre, having commenced his voluntary work in 1989, a year after the centre opened just prior to Christmas 1988.

Mrs Gilligan continued to volunteer her services to the centre, having commenced volunteering at the beginning of 1989.

"It keeps me busy," she said.

"It's (award) just nice someone appreciates us."

Past wins

Rubyvale Gem Gallery - Special Tourism Services - Hall of Fame

Amanda Jennings (Capricorn Caves) - Young Achiever's 2009

Capricorn Caves - Adventure Tourism; the Steve Irwin Award for Ecotourism 2008, 2009

Gemfest Festival of Gems - Major Festivals & Events 1996



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