I WONDER how many of your readers realise that the Yamba Museum contributes to the enjoyment, inspiration, cultural values, learning potential, economic prosperity and social equality of its weekly visitors.
Sadly, politicians and the wider community generally undervalue our museums and the volunteers who operate them.
Often it is because people's perceptions are that museums are boring places to visit or to work, but I am sure the volunteer members at Yamba Museum will emphatically disagree.
Many of these amazing folk fulfil a number of roles while opening to the public, managing the collections, implementing educational programs, participating in active research and producing publications and dynamic exhibitions.
They do this because they are passionate about our local history, both past and present.
They don't look for pats on the back, as they are too busy getting on with the job.
The danger of course is that we are also too busy just getting on with the job that we forget to say thank you.
At the back end of National Volunteer Week that highlights the work of six-million volunteers across Australia I would like to add my thanks and appreciation to my committee and fellow members who make my volunteering very satisfying and a lot of fun.
Museum volunteers not only in Yamba but also across the Clarence Valley and Northern Rivers region go way beyond simply doing a task; they are invaluable advocates of our cultural heritage and worthy of all our gratitude.
So why not pick up the phone or write an email or note and join me in saying thank you to them.
Marea Buist - President
Port of Yamba Historical Society