A man who spends 30 hours a week as a coast-watcher is Queensland’s Volunteer of the Year.

Allan Tennent received his award at a special ceremony, marking National Volunteer Week.

Batool Al Sallakh reports.


For once it was all about the volunteers, at a ceremony honouring their hard work and dedication.

Volunteering Queensland acknowledging the efforts of over 160 guests, thanking them for changing the lives of thousands.

Six awards were handed out in a room full of deserving winners.

Michael Andrews, Youth Volunteering Award Winner: “I think it’s important because it gives you a sense of belonging and it gives you a sense of achievement that you’ve helped someone else.”

The Queensland Governor Paul de Jersey thanked the volunteers and handed out the awards.

Every year Australians volunteer almost 150 million hours of their time helping others.

This year’s Volunteer of the Year winner spends over 30 hours every week saving lives at sea.

Allan Tennent, Volunteer of the Year: “And that’s where the feeling of great, goodness I suppose comes onto you. I’ts just a really good feeling.”

He was involved in a dramatic rescue off Brisbane earlier this month.

Also acknowledging the great work of volunteers, these well-known Good Samaritans did their bit for those who give their time to the State Emergency Service.

Lucas Patchett, Co-Founder Orange Sky: “We’re here and really excited celebrating National Volunteers Week, celebrating all those amazing volunteers and the SES and rural fire brigade.”

The team from Orange Sky washing dozens of orange uniforms.

Batool Al Sallakh, QUT News.