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March 2014 News

Welcoming newcomers to a friendlier Toowoomba

  • Written by  Great Big Welcome
Volunteer Alan Hughes presents a new resident with a welcome pack Photo: Provided

A local initiative to welcome new residents to the area is having a big impact, and receiving high-powered support.

Mayor Paul Antonio is so committed to making the Toowoomba Region an even friendlier place that he insists on including a welcome letter from the Mayor’s office in every welcome pack delivered by A Great Big Welcome.  

“But, not only that, he signs every one of those welcome letters, personally!” said Project Leader Mandee Anderson. 

A Great Big Welcome Inc. began in 2012 with a vision to strengthen community networks and actively contribute to growing a culture of friendliness and welcome in the Toowoomba region.  

“Three years on, there are a lot of very happy and very surprised people that find a welcome pack on their doorstep, or receive one from one of the many volunteers who diligently welcome people to their new home,” said Mandee. 

Mandee said volunteers try to go out in the late afternoons or on weekends to catch people home so they can say hello. 

“When I go out and visit new residents in my area, it always gives me a buzz when people are totally ‘gob-smacked’ that we go to the trouble to meet and greet them in this way.”

A Great Big Welcome is only possible because of business sponsorships. 

“Our Platinum sponsors are Heritage Bank, Burstows, Cranbrook Press, VT Industrial Coatings and The Chronicle,” said Mandee. 

“Sponsorship opportunities for the coming year are available now.”

Call 0407 645 153 for information about volunteering or sponsorship

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