As well as giving back to the community, Tasy Richards loves meeting people from all walks of life from around the world and hearing their stories.
Tasy is one of 72 volunteer Jetty Hosts who are the public face of the Jetty, welcoming people with a smile, assisting them on and off the train and giving advice about things to see and do in the region.
It is the friendly Jetty Host smiles and stories that many tourists remember when they go home and tell family and friends about their travels.
“The hosts have just done a Mandarin speaking course and I love the way the Chinese visitors get so excited when we attempt to speak in their language, even if it is a bit mixed up” Tasy said.
“Being a Host is a great way to keep occupied and contribute back to the community,” she said.
The Jetty Host program is open for anyone to apply after becoming a member of Busselton Jetty Incorporated (BJI).
Busselton Jetty CEO Lisa Shreeve said Jetty Hosts were nearly as popular as the Queen’s Guards.
“We even had a Host who kept in contact with a couple from Wales and ended up visiting them, after first meeting them at the Jetty” Lisa said.
“After people apply to become a Jetty Host, they participate in a half day induction and are then buddied up with an experienced host, volunteering about two half days a month,” she said
Anyone interested in volunteering to become a Jetty Host can pick up an application form from the friendly staff at the Jetty Interpretive Centre or email firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.