Volunteer Expo back better than ever

Published: 04 May 2022

From firefighting and emergency service roles to organising library books and walking the beach looking for turtle tracks – there’s a role to suit everyone at the Mackay Volunteer Expo.

Mackay Showgrounds’ Big Shed will play host to the expo on Sunday, May 15, 10am to 1pm.

Mayor Greg Williamson said the exciting expo was all about community connectivity.

“We can connect more than 1000 prospective volunteers with upwards of 50 volunteer-run organisations at this event,” Mayor Williamson said.

“The Volunteer Expo is a sensational opportunity for not-for-profit organisations to showcase the amazing work they do for our community,” he said.

“Likewise, it is a great opportunity for residents from all walks of life to discover what a volunteer role can bring to their lives.

“If you are new to the workforce, a volunteer role is amazing for upskilling and building a resume, and if you’re new to town, volunteering is a tremendous way to network.

“Of course, if you are transitioning into retirement, volunteering is a great way to stay active, social and share your skills with those with similar interests.”

David Bowen of Mackay and District Turtle Watch said his group would be at the expo looking for volunteers who simply enjoyed walks on the beach.

“At the grassroots level, we need more monitors – residents who live near any of the Mackay region’s 30-odd beaches who, in summer, can get up in the early morning and check their beach for turtle activity,” Mr Bowen said.

“It’s a role that suits retirees looking for a rewarding reason to stay active – it’s an early morning walk that helps us to protect threatened and endangered species,” he said.

“And for younger volunteers with an environmental science interest, it’s a great way to get some hands-on experience in the field of monitoring and conservation.

“Training is also a big part of the role – our volunteers have access to a week-long training program at Mon Repos Turtle Centre near Bundaberg and there is the opportunity to learn about the rescue and rehabilitation of turtles also.”

Entry to the Volunteer Expo is free.  Food and drink with be available for purchase.  For more information, follow @Mackay Volunteer Expo 2022 on Facebook.