Volunteers at the Brunswick Heads Visitor Centre – the centre is very happy to have just received a $2500 contribution from Byron Shire Council.
Volunteers at the Brunswick Heads Visitor Centre – the centre is very happy to have just received a $2500 contribution from Byron Shire Council.

Visitor centre faces financial challenge

About 200 people a week pass through the doors of the Brunswick Heads Visitor Centre.

And most, according to Simple Pleasures project co-ordinator Kim Rosen, are surprised to learn it is not a council-operated centre but run by volunteers. “Thus the decision last week by Byron Shire Council to give a $2500 contribution to the centre was a very welcome one, and one much needed at a time of financial challenge for the centre,” she said.

“We really appreciate council coming on board this year to assist us, in recognition of the services that we provide at the Visitor Centre.”

Thanks to funding flowing from the Nortec ‘Work for the Dole’ program over the past three years, and a great team of volunteers, the centre was able to expand significantly, and since December 2007 has been able to operate seven days a week.

But, with the government changes in the ‘Work for the Dole’ programs, the centre’s host program was sadly not able to be rolled over beyond April this year, creating a large shortfall.

Now the extra money from council means that centre manager Shannon Dousling will be able to stay on for an extra couple of months while revenue streams are expanded and new ones generated.

Anyone interested in volunteering can phone Shannon on 66851003.

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