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VRA president John Wraight and VRA road captain Sue Biggar at the Housie Shed in Brunswick Heads. The old tradition could be revived by a new group of volunteers from Ocean Shores Preschool.

The stars may be aligning to see the Brunswick Heads Housie tent open again this year after the Ocean Shores Preschool stepped forward to co-ordinate staffing.

So far they have confirmed over 30 volunteers to cover the month long Housie festival but a more volunteers are needed for the 75-year tradition to be given the green light to continue.

It takes nine volunteers a night to staff the housie tent and the money raised stays in the local community.

A roster is already being compiled and organisers say approximately another 20 volunteers are required to cover the remaining three-hour nightly shifts.

Last year was pegged as the final one for the shed after the Brunswick Valley Rescue Service gave up the post of running the Housie after an amazing 30-year stint.

No other groups had come forward to take over the reigns until recently, when Ocean Shores Preschool put up its hand to co-ordinate community volunteers. Cleaver use of social media and the preschool parents network saw more than 30 volunteers jump on board in just two weeks.

Director of Ocean Shores Preschool, Sharon Gray, says all are eager to see housie maintain it’s place on the Brunswick Heads foreshore.

‘After the amazing job done by the Rescue Service over the decades we are happy to be helping to continue this community event and hope we can find the last remaining few helpers to make it happen,’ she said.

‘It’s a fun event for those who volunteer as well as the housie players. The summer holidays in Brunswick wouldn’t be the same without it,’ she said.

Preparations for Housie need to get underway in early November. So the deadline for finding the last few volunteers is 15th 0ctober – each shift is just 3 hrs from 7-10pm each night house is on. Preschool is keen to hear from anyone who would can commit to as little as one shift but also people happy to sign up for a few shifts.

Volunteer can sign up online, by visiting the Brunswick Heads Housie Tent Facebook page or by contacting the ‘Housie Hotline’ on 0409 059 118


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