Friday, November 10, 2023
Mackay and Whitsunday Life
This week we meet our energetic Eveready bunny Hayley Borg who is Whitsunday Regional Council’s Events and Community Sponsorship Officer.
Prior to relocating to Airlie Beach and starting her role with Council in 2021, Hayley was the Visitor Services and Events Coordinator at the Early Start Discovery Space (ESDS) within the University of Wollongong. The ESDS is Australia’s first children’s museum and attracts more than 120,000 visitors per year.
Hayley was involved in many varieties of events throughout her 8 years in Wollongong running many events like Speaker Series talks with Academics, Alumni, Student Open Days, VIP visitors to the University (including The Governor General and Federal Members of Parliament), Destination Wollongong networking events and many community and family events showcasing the University campus and ESDS.
This experience has stood her in good stead for her current role with Council where she is responsible for coordinating internal and external events and sponsorship requests from the Whitsunday community.
Currently Hayley is coordinating the Whitsunday region’s upcoming Christmas, New Years Eve and Australia Day community events and also focusing on the Mayor’s Festive Food Appeal. This is something Council are proud to be involved with as the cost of living and housing crisis is very challenging for many families.
Hayley said seeing the enjoyment on people’s faces when they can spend quality time together at community events is what motivates her to strive to do the best in her role.
“The Whitsundays is a beautiful place to live, and our community really takes pride in our region,” she said.
“The highlight for me this year was helping organise the Mayor’s Charity Ball at the Shute Harbour Marine Terminal for almost 300 guests.
“The Charity Ball returned in 2023 after a three-year break due to the Covid-19 pandemic and a record amount was raised and donated to chosen regional charities, RACQ CQ Rescue and the Whitsunday Housing Company Limited,” Hayley said.
“We have a great team in Community Services with many of my experienced colleagues going above and beyond, often at short notice, to organise community events. “
A qualified personal trainer Hayley loves spending time outdoors with her family and dog Daisy. Otherwise, you’ll find her at F45 Airlie Beach nearly every day of the week!