Volunteers breathe new life into Denmark Visitor Centre amid summer tourism boom

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Denmark Visitor Centre volunteers Richard De Kleer, Suzanne Yates, volunteer co-ordinator Ali Walmsley, Milton Valli and Franziska Allenbach.
Camera IconDenmark Visitor Centre volunteers Richard De Kleer, Suzanne Yates, volunteer co-ordinator Ali Walmsley, Milton Valli and Franziska Allenbach. Credit: Denmark Chamber of Commerce

About 100 people a day have made their way through the doors of the revived Denmark Visitor Centre since it was reopened by volunteers on Boxing Day.

The Shire of Denmark last month backed a Denmark Chamber of Commerce proposal to run an emergency visitor service out of the existing visitor centre building until April 30.

The centre was closed at the end of July after the departure of the Amazing South Coast.

The council also approved a cash contribution of $40,000 to the service and to waive the build-ing’s rates for the next financial year.

Locals have since rolled up their sleeves to get the centre opening, pitching in for two-hour shifts to help welcome tourists from 10am- 2pm, Wednesday-Sunday.

Last month, Denmark Chamber of Commerce chief executive Sumer Addy said the chamber expected this summer to be the “busiest tourist season we have ever seen”.

With tourists from across the State flocking to the town to take a dip in the recently reopened William Bay National Park, Ms Addy said the prediction was shaping up to be a reality.

“Accommodation is fully booked, businesses are busy, and the town is booming with visitors,” she said.

“We have got fantastic feedback ... the community has truly stepped up and we have enough volunteers to maintain our service commitment.

“Folks are always welcome to join our amazing team to help us fill in the gaps to issue a visitor service that welcomes visitors into the shire.”

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