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15 May 2019
In 2001 when a group of passionate Cootamundra volunteers formed the Cootamundra Heritage Centre, little did they realise their efforts would not only promote the history of the town and region, but would also benefit those who gave their time to man the Centre.
With busy lives, it can be hard to find time to volunteer. However, the benefits of volunteering are enormous. According to many studies, volunteering can help to reduce stress, combat depression, be mentally stimulating, find friends, connect with the community, learn new skills, and even advance a career. Volunteering can also help protect mental and physical health, but most of all be volunteering can be fun.
With these benefits to your health in mind, and the contribution you could make to your community, the Cootamundra Heritage and Visitor Information Centre is offering the opportunity for people to volunteer. The Centre has put the call out for interested people to assist with the staffing the Centre for either one morning or afternoon a month.
Cootamundra Heritage Centre opened in August 2001 and is housed in the former 1927 built Cootamundra Railway Barracks and Rest House. The Centre retains a collection of historical items and artefacts that relate to Cootamundra and district.
The main collection is enriched by 14 individual rooms each dedicated to themes such as the history of the Cootamundra Aboriginal Girls Training Home; Cootamundra at War; the Railway Barracks; Horse and Harness; Home and Hearth and displays about transport history, the RAAF and aviation.
If you enjoy meeting interesting new people, the Centre has a host of visitors daily. If you are passionate and proud of Cootamundra, its history and all the region has to offer, the Centre gives you the opportunity show that pride and passion.

To discuss volunteering at The Heritage Centre and Visitor Information Centre, interested people should phone Betti Punnett on 6942 1158, to learn more about this opportunity.

Photo and Caption: Yvonne Forsyth a founding member and volunteer at the Cootamundra Heritage Centre and Visitor Information Centre for over 17 years, has found the experience rewarding and pleasurable. Yvonne enjoys meeting and helping people who visit the Centre.