Thursday, February 8, 2024


Mackay and Whitsunday Life

The Team Behind The Mango

The volunteers of Bowen Tourism and Business were honoured at a morning tea last week, where they were thanked for their dedicated service and lasting commitment to the town.

For Steve Fisher, better known as ‘Fish’, he began volunteering with the team following his retirement in 2015.

“I found myself lost, with nothing to do,” Fish explained.

And having caravanned across Australia with his wife, Chips, he knew he would be able to share recommendations and stories with visitors by volunteering at the Big Mango Tourist Information Centre.

“I find this so rewarding and personally fulfilling. I love the Big Mango, and I am grateful for everything Leanne and the team have been able to offer me.”

Other members of the dream team are Anne and Mark Steen and for them, volunteering is a way to give back to Bowen.

“We love showing tourists the best of Bowen and sharing knowledge and experience,” Mark said.

Bowen Tourism and Business has 18 active volunteers who welcome visitors at the Bowen Visitor Information Centre next to the Big Mango and the information booth at Bowen’s Front Beach.

Manager of Bowen Tourism and Business, Leanne Abernethy said the volunteers were an integral part of the organisation.

“They are so dedicated and passionate about our town and the entire region,” she said.

“We held the morning tea as a small token of our appreciation, and we presented each of them with a small gift. Some of them have been helping Bowen Tourism for more than 10 years!”

Bowen Tourism and Business volunteers at last week’s morning tea - Pam Skinner, Anne Skeen, Marie Bailey, Viv Clark, Margaret Hurst, Mark Steen, Janice Germain, Anne Mason, and Steve Fisher.

Leanne Abernethy

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