HELPING HANDS: A call has gone out for volunteers to join the Saltwater Freshwater Festival.
HELPING HANDS: A call has gone out for volunteers to join the Saltwater Freshwater Festival.

Saltwater Freshwater Festival calls for volunteers

HELPING HAND: David Ney, a longstanding Saltwater Freshwater Festival volunteer.
HELPING HAND: David Ney, a longstanding Saltwater Freshwater Festival volunteer.

VOLUNTEERS are needed to share in the spirit of the 2015 Saltwater Freshwater Festival to be held in Coffs Harbour on January 26.

The festival celebrating the region's Aboriginal heritage was a massive success in its inaugural year in Coffs Harbour in 2010 and after four years of touring the region will return as one of the East Coast's premier festivals.

A celebration of the Mid North Coast's Aboriginal culture, Saltwater Freshwater shares the spirit of the country where the rivers of the Gumbaynggirr, Biripi, Dunghutti and Worimi people meet.

With 10,000 festival goers expected at Coffs Harbour's North Coast Regional Botanic Garden, the festival's event team has put out the call for willing volunteers.

Previous festivals have attracted a dedicated workforce of some 80 volunteers.

A range of roles, both before and on the day are available, from setting up stages and tents, creating decorative artworks, helping with workshops and performance, selling merchandise and shaking a bucket at the gate to support the event.

"We are always so grateful to our team of vollies," festival volunteer coordinator Samantha Colyer said.

Sawtell resident David Ney is a dedicated volunteer, who has helped out at the festival over the past four years.

"It is a great opportunity to learn about the rich Goori culture of my region and to feel the joy of a sense of community and togetherness," David said.

The festival will be hedlined by Aboriginal singer-songwriter Archie Roach and some of the country's acclaimed Aboriginal artists.

It incorporates dance, story, crafts, language, art, ceremony, children's and youth workshops, a yarn space and food from the heart of our saltwater freshwater communities.

Applications to volunteer are available online or by calling 6658 1315.



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