A friendly smile and a sound knowledge of all things local await visitors to the Bingara Visitor Information Centre. Growing up in town has put Lucie Boyle in good stead to offer assistance to travellers as she undertakes a traineeship in Tourism.
“I enjoy working with people, and this is a career I would consider,” the 16 year old said. Lucie works at the centre one full day a week and on Friday afternoons around her Year 12 studies.
Making the most of a change of scene from the classroom, she assists in the day to day running of the centre under the guidance of manager Jenny Mead. “I think it is a good arrangement,” Ms Mead said.
“It may sound simple, but it is about gaining skills and confidence with even the basic aspects of a business such as answering the phone and customer service. It really adds to their confidence.” Lucie assists with filing, arranging stock and data entry.
She has also been able to offer a hand with the organisation of events and performances at The Roxy.
A keen horse rider, Lucie is an Associate of the Warialda Pony Club and is kept busy tending to her three horses. Lucie can also be found driving about in her distinctive VW, ‘Violet’. “I like that Bingara is quiet and friendly,” Lucie said.