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Fred still giving back to Bribie 21 years on

Fred Witsenhuysen has been volunteering for 21 years.
Fred Witsenhuysen has been volunteering for 21 years. Vicki Wood/sbr201112vol4

FOR 21 years, Fred Witsenhuysen has given up his time to volunteer at the Bribie Island Visitor Information Centre.

When the former journalist decided to settle down and retire on Bribie in the early 1990s, he took the opportunity to give back to the community through volunteering.

"We had a neighbour who was a volunteer at the centre, and I said, 'I could do that too'," he recalled.

"I had the time. It was a job that really appealed to me right from the start. I thought it was a great idea to tell newcomers what they could see and do here."

Fred's outstanding dedication grew from a desire to meet new people and a satisfaction earned from working.

"There is nothing I love more than sharing my local knowledge and showcasing the best our region has to offer to interstate and even international visitors," he said.

Despite all the growth and development on the island since he started, Woorim Beach remained Fred's favourite place to recommend. Bribie Island Community Arts Centre and the Seaside Museum were close behind, though.

Fred is just one of almost 2000 volunteers who were recently thanked by Moreton Bay Regional Council for making our community a better place to work, live and play.

The council shouted 1770 valued volunteers a dinner to say thanks for more than 115,000 hours of work in just the past year alone.

The council-run information centre is now home to more than 30 volunteers. However, Fred said they were always looking for more.

At 88 years old, Fred says he plans to stay with the centre as long as he can.

Moreton Bay Regional Council is looking for volunteers in many areas of expertise. For more information, phone 3205 0555.

Topics:  bribie island, community, volunteers


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