A welcome response
BALLINA Shire Council was "overwhelmed" with the response to last month's call for volunteer ambassadors to greet passengers arriving at Ballina-Byron Gateway Airport.
Tourism co-ordinator Caroline Klose said there were 45 applicants for the volunteer positions, and 18 are now working at the visitor centre booth at the airport.
Rita Cranston and Liz Taylor, both of Ballina, said being a volunteer in the tourism ambassador program was a "fun way" to do something for the community.
And they are both passionate about their home.
The aim of the program is encourage tourists heading to other areas like Byron Bay to spend time in Ballina Shire.
Rita Cranston has always done community work, and this role is about "getting people excited about being in Ballina".
Coffee shops, beautiful natural surrounds, friendly people, facilities for families and the central location to the whole region were just some of the things she cited as being great about Ballina Shire.
Liz added the walking and cycling tracks and the "wonderful" tourist attractions to that list.
Ms Klose said council would like to do another round of interviews and training in the future.