Volunteers recognised for their decades of service
ONE of the Chinchilla Tourist Information Centre’s longest-serving volunteers has been recognised for his service to the town he was born in.
Peter Jeffery, former councillor for the Chinchilla Shire between 1981 and 2004, has spent 21 years volunteering his time at the information centre, promoting the town and its surrounds to visitors.
It all began because he’d finished up at council and needed something to do to fill in the time.
Even before becoming a volunteer he’d been involved with the centre, digging the foundations and installing the building’s central pole.
Just over two decades on, he was given his 20 year service pin by the most recent addition to the volunteering roster, Cr Peter Saxelby.
Mr Jeffery said the thing he loved most about volunteering at the centre was meeting and talking to people.
“I like finding out where people are going from and to, where they’re from, I know a lot of people out west who come here and they stop here and have a yarn to them,” he said.
“Fossicking people come in and I tell them where to look. Sometimes I might lend them a pick and shovel.”
Mr Jeffery was one of a number of volunteers who have had their five, 10, 15 and 20 years service recognised by Western Downs Regional Council in the last week.
On May 24, volunteers took an excursion to Bell where the mayor presented those who could attend with their pins.
Cr Saxelby said it was getting harder to find volunteers these days, which made the current ones event more important.