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MEDIA RELEASE - Release #10

The Grey Nomad Volunteer Program is a great initiative. We've chatted to the Program Coordinator, Douglas Stewart previously in this section of our website

Grey Nomad Volunteer Program

For immediate release: 16th March, 2010
For more information: Program Coordinator – Douglas Stewart

It is with much anticipation that the communities of the Barcaldine Regional Council welcome the start to the tourist season as travellers
start to appear in Western Queensland.

“All communities in our region have got behind the Barcaldine Regional Council Grey Nomad Volunteer Program,” said the program Coordinator Doug Stewart, “registering a wide range of community projects that they hope to attract the assistance of Grey Nomad Volunteers to help complete,” he said.

“The program had been a great success for local communities in 2009 with a large quantity of work completed with the valuable assistance of Grey Nomad Volunteers travelling through our region,” he said.

“The program’s success is obviously spreading as I have also received many enquiries about the program from communities all around our region,” Doug said, “from Birdsville in the south west to Mackay to the north,” he said.

In 2009 Volunteers assisted Barcaldine community groups with:

•Carpentry repairs
•Computer work – installation and data entry
•Landscape gardening
•Sewing lessons
•Designing and making garments for NAIDOC week fashion parade
•One on one reading at the State School
•Serviced and assembled push bikes for State School
•Sharpened tools for Manual Arts Class at State School
•Built shelving
•Repaired grave stones – RSL
•Made new grave stones - RSL
•Fixed downpipes and locks
•Entertained hospital patients
•Furniture restoration
•Fixed sound system – Radio Theatre
•Done surveys
•Assisted at Revfest
•Fixed hand rails
•Cleaned carpets
•Cleaned breeze air filters

Community groups and communities in and around our region are encouraged to contact the Program Coordinator if they would like more information about the workings of the program. It is hoped that in the long term that volunteers who have worked in the Barcaldine Region can then be informed about programs operating in other communities in Queensland that are on their travel route.

Project Registration forms are available by contacting the program Coordinator on 46515600.
Do not hesitate to contact the coordinator if you have any queries about the program.

Douglas Stewart
Grey Nomad Program Coordinator
Barcaldine Regional Council
PO Box 191
Ph: 07 46515600 Fax: 07 46511778
Email: douglass@barcaldinerc.qld.gov.au
Web: http://greynomadproject.jimdo.com/