Blue Thumb Volunteers recognised for Volunteer Week

The Blue Thumb Volunteers at Mount Penang Gardens
The Blue Thumb Volunteers at Mount Penang Gardens

The Blue Thumb Volunteers at Mount Penang Gardens

The Blue Thumb Volunteers who work at Mount Penang Gardens received a special thank-you as part of National Volunteer Week.

The volunteers work at the gardens throughout the year and play a crucial role in making them a beautiful place for the community, according to Mr Greg South, executive manager for the Central Coast Regional Development Corporation (CCRDC).

“The gardens wouldn’t be the beautiful place they are without its volunteers,” Mr South said.

“I am so thankful for all the volunteers who have given thousands of hours to gardening and the running of many programs including the gardens’ guided tours, events and the Mt Penang parkrun.

“Their contribution is amazing and very much valued,” he said.

Mr Colin Jose is a Blue Thumb Volunteer who has shown exceptional dedication, according to Mr South.

Mr Jose has been involved with Mt Penang for many years.

“He worked in the Mount Penang Centre for over 10 years until its closure and the move to Frank Baxter.

“Watching over the creation of the Gardens in 2003, he signed up to become a volunteer and has been a Blue Thumb Volunteer for more than 10 years.

“Colin’s commitment has grown along with the Gardens,” Mr South said.

“He is an active garden ambassador involved with tours and is responsible for shaping the current A Moment in Time Historical Bus Tour,” he said.

“As a Blue Thumb Volunteer I get to share Mount Penang Gardens with very lovely and appreciative people,” Mr Jose said.

“I have developed positive relationships with staff and lasting friendships with the other volunteers. “Being a Blue Thumb Volunteer is truly a great experience,” he said.

“We are honoured to have Colin as one of our Blue Thumb Volunteers,” said Mr South.

“He has made a tremendous imprint on the gardens and is an indispensable part of the team,” said Mr South.

Mount Penang Gardens is always looking to welcome new Blue Thumb Volunteers, Mr South said.

Media release, 14 May
Stephanie Prouse, Central
Coast Regional Development