Daniel Snell was a Big Lift Program Organiser for when they volunteered at Blackbutt.
Daniel Snell was a Big Lift Program Organiser for when they volunteered at Blackbutt. Madeline Grace

City kids blown away by Blackbutt's tight knit community

BIG LIFT Operation Leader Daniel Snell said he will cherish his time in Blackbutt, and the connection he made with the locals.

The Big Lift team were in Blackbutt for a day where they volunteered at the Blackbutt tennis courts, aged care facilities, showgrounds, and RSL.

"Being out here and talking to the people of Blackbutt and hearing the rich stories they have to tell is invaluable,” he said.

"As a university student I love to learn, so to be able to learn about regional towns and about their history and their triumphs and struggles really means a lot to me. I feel so privileged that the people of Blackbutt have welcomed us into their community so warmly.

"We've been to Blackbutt twice now, and both times we've loved it. I think building those reoccurring relationships with small country towns is really special.”

The Queensland University of Technology runs a similar trip where they will send students out to Blackbutt to help them prepare for the Avocado Festival.

VOLUNTEERING FUN: The Big Lift students from Sydney with Blackbutt locals, including Jeff Connor from the Blackbutt Medical Centre.
VOLUNTEERING FUN: The Big Lift students from Sydney with Blackbutt locals, including Jeff Connor from the Blackbutt Medical Centre. Daniel Snell

"We like to engage deeply with the community and the towns people. For us half of the fun is making those connections with the people we meet and are able to help along the way,” Mr Snell said.

"The leaders and I all really try to encourage the volunteers to talk with and really get to know the community members we're helping.

"This makes it a mutually beneficial experience. We're able to connect with people we normally wouldn't connect with and learn about their life. While also doing our best to help them.”

The Big Lift team were in Blackbutt on Thursday, July 12 as a part of their volunteer program.

"We've met so many wonderful people and learnt so much about Blackbutt. It really is such a friendly and community driven town. We've all enjoyed our time here very much,” Mr Snell said.

"Something I hear time and time again from the team is how impressed they are by the strong sense of community in places like this. We all feel that's missing from our lives in the city, and find ourselves wishing we had a stronger sense of community back in Sydney and at Uni the way you guys do here in Blackbutt.

"This trip has also been very eye-opening for a lot of participants because it's the first time they've seen first hand the affects of drought on Australia's agricultural industry. Or just how smaller communities are struggling in general.”