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Say g'day again: Brisbane Greeters back on the streets

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The team of volunteers offering tours and local information and advice to people visiting Brisbane will be back on the streets from next month and aim to promote the suburbs as well as the city as part of their pitch to showcase the Queensland capital’s attractions.

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The Brisbane Greeters program, formed eight years ago to aid economic recovery following the 2011 floods, was suspended in March as borders were closed and the city went into lockdown to battle the spread of the coronavirus.

However, Acting Lord Mayor Krista Adams said tours by Brisbane Greeters would resume next month as people resumed travelling in and around the city for the summer holidays.

“Just like they did after the floods, we need our greeters back on the street and helping locals and visitors reconnect with our city,” she said.

She said the program would come under Brisbane City Council’s direct control, with the aim of expanding its tours into the suburbs next year

Adams said prior to the pandemic the greeters offered walking tours 361 days a year, where they shared their knowledge and passion for Brisbane with locals and tourists.

“While we wait for international and some domestic visitors to return, our greeters play a role in showcasing our city’s great lifestyle with local tourists who want to connect with others after such a difficult year,” she said.

Before the program was suspended, more than 100 volunteers had helped more than 80,000 people get to know Brisbane better.

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