Welcome to Ballina
IF YOU love Ballina Shire and want to spread the word on how great a place it is, there is a place at the Ballina Byron Gateway Airport for you.
Ballina Shire Council is calling for volunteer ambassadors to staff the visitor information stand at the airport.
Council's tourism co-ordinator, Caroline Klose, said the initiative, along with promotional footage of the shire, aimed to get more cashed-up tourists who fly into Ballina to spend time in the shire.
Ms Klose said tourists "don't know the local government boundaries" in the region, and admitted many of them who flew into Ballina headed to Byron Bay.
Following renovations to the airport late last year, the Ballina Visitor Information Centre has had a permanent stand at the airport, which has been staffed by visitor centre employees.
Ms Klose said the move had proved to be a successful one, and that led to the call for volunteers to staff the stand initially between 2pm and 5pm weekdays.
She said the stand could be staffed more, depending on the number of volunteers.
Ballina airport has direct flights from Sydney, Melbourne and Newcastle, and about 320,000 passengers are expected to use the airport this year.
Volunteers would greet arrivals, hand out visitor guides and provide information on the attractions in Ballina Shire. Applications close on January 16, and successful applicants will receive training.
Application forms are available from the visitor information centre in River St, Ballina, and online at www.ballina.nsw.gov.au.