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Free hospitality training assists Oyster Festival volunteers

Narooma Oyster Festival organisers are calling for volunteers to help at this year’s Festival (1-2 May) with free hospitality training for those who will be serving food and alcohol.

“It’s exciting to get involved because Narooma absolutely buzzes that weekend and it’s an enormous boost to our year-round economy by widely promoting the best our region has to offer,” said Festival Committee chair Cath Peachey.

“We invite volunteers to help over the Festival’s two days, particularly with the various fine dining experiences and the big Oyster Bar where we need many volunteers with appropriate qualifications.

“We’re delighted Training NSW and TAFE Moruya are supporting the Festival by funding volunteers to gain industry recognised qualifications in either food handling or the responsible service of alcohol (RSA) at no cost to them.

“It’s a great way to gain a work ready qualification, work experience and have a fun weekend while helping the community, and all we require is that those trained support the Festival by volunteering for a few hours.”

Training will be in Narooma in early April, dates and venue still to be confirmed.

The Festival’s Volunteer Coordinator Dr Jenny Munro said volunteers are also needed for jobs such as ticket sales on the day, meeting and greeting, setting up and cleaning up as well as with aspects of the Festival that require such qualifications. Enquiries Dr Munro 0407 299 149 or

Volunteer registration forms are on the Festival’s webpage as well as tickets for entry and all premium events.

Narooma Oyster Festival contributes about $1m to Narooma’s economy. More than one-third of people surveyed last year stayed at least five nights in the area.

Above: Dr Jenny Munro, right, said Narooma Oyster Festival organisers invite volunteers to register to help at the Festival such as meeting and greeting, ticket sales on the day, setting up and cleaning as well as serving food and alcohol. Free industry food handling and RSA qualifications will be provided to those who need it, courtesy Training NSW and TAFE Moruya.

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