TIC volunteers go on tour

Noel Pittaway, Barbara Rachmaninoff and Carolyn Rifello(Tourism Officer) from Destination Tweed check out the Museum. Photo: Blainey Woodham / Daily News
Noel Pittaway, Barbara Rachmaninoff and Carolyn Rifello(Tourism Officer) from Destination Tweed check out the Museum. Photo: Blainey Woodham / Daily News Blainey Woodham

VOLUNTEERS who man the tourist information centres in Murwillumbah and Tweed Heads regularly visit accommodation providers and attractions in the area to familiarise themselves with what's on offer to visitors.

Last Friday, 12 volunteers visited the recently renovated Tweed River Regional Museum at Pioneer Park in Kennedy Dr to have a look at the upgraded facility and find out what information they could share with visitors.

Longstanding volunteer Brian Martin went along and found the visit very interesting.

"The museum seems a lot better and brighter and the trip was very informative," Mr Martin said.

The museum contained a lot of new colour photos depicting historic scenes of the area, its resident cedar and cane cutters and their families.

"It shows how Coolangatta and Tweed Heads developed over time," Mr Martin said.

The museum was definitely worth a visit and people interested in the area's history could find out more at the museum's research centre.

Photos of the area, workers and their equipment including historic schooners used to transport goods from Murwillumbah to the Tweed were on display and showed visitors how tough life was all those years ago.

Many of the photos on display were donated by local residents and some families shown in the photos arrived as long ago as the 1860s.

The Boyd family has a prominent place at the museum with former Tweed Shire councillor Max Boyd acting as patron while on display are a number of family members captured on film more than 150 years ago when the family became one of the Tweed's earliest settlers.

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