Rainforest centre honours volunteer
WORLD Heritage Rainforest Centre volunteer Fred Brooks will be remembered eternally after the dedication of the new information service area to him yesterday.
Mr Brooks, who died from a snake bite a year ago, was a much-loved volunteer for more than 20 years at the rainforest centre.
Irene Brooks, wife of Fred, said it was a lovely tribute to her late husband.
"He just loved being here at the centre that was his retirement job," she said.
Eldest son of the couple Mervyn Brooks said his father loved to share his knowledge of the area with others.
"He also loved to tell stories about the people he had met from all over the world here at the centre," he said.
"Much of his knowledge of the area came out of his interest in dousing and the magnetic features of the Tweed. He had been dousing for at least 60 years and found water for many people in the area."
Staff of the World Heritage Rainforest and Visitor Information Centre had notes of Fred's reprinted into a booklet for the family and to keep as a resource for the centre.
Staff member Bernie Simpson said Fred was an icon in the district and the prime water diviner in the Tweed area.