City of Perth iCity Volunteer Program celebrates 15 years of operation

City of Perth Library.
City of Perth Library.

CITY of Perth’s iCity Volunteer Program celebrated 15 years of operation in December.

The 100 volunteer-strong program services 235,000 Perth visitors a year.

Lord Mayor Lisa Scaffidi said volunteers were hugely important in supporting organisations across every sector.

“From not-for-profits to event hosts, volunteers add so much value to the organisations they work for,” she said.

“The iCity volunteers are no exception and are the friendly face of our capital city, helping visitors find their way and teaching people about Perth.”

The program was developed in December 2001 after the City identified the need to ensure visitors had easy access to information.

Within a year, the iCity workforce had grown to 60 volunteers, and helped more than 35,000 people.

The workforce now has 100 volunteers, contributing more than 800 hours a month to the program.

“Each volunteer has different strengths and interests including historic, cultural or retail knowledge, while others speak a second language – a crucial benefit for our international guests,” Ms Scaffidi said.

“I would like to acknowledge and thank all of our iCity volunteers, particularly those 11 people who have been with the program since its inception.

“Perth would not be the same without you all, and I thank you for your dedication to enriching the lives of people who visit our wonderful City.”