DIAMONDS are from coal and one of the foundation stones from our historical coal town of Wonthaggi is Jill Muir, a jewel without doubt.
Now after 15 years of volunteering at the Wonthaggi visitor information centre, Jill has said farewell.
Jill started at the information centre in 2002 when they operated out of a very small office joined to the Watt Street toilet block and bus stop. Since 2011, she has enjoyed delivering information services from the excellent facilities at the Wonthaggi Centennial Centre and in recent years welcomed in the alliance of ArtSpace.
Born and bred in Wonthaggi, with her family history going back to the tent town days, Jill’s rich and deep connection is ingrained.
“It’s God’s own country.” is how Jill describes her passion and love for the town and South Gippsland.
As a sentry to her soft heart, a flint-edged resilience has been forged over the years by her tenacity and determination. Beautifully spoken and sparkling with enthusiasm, Jill was always keen to share her knowledge with visitors and newcomers, and refined details with any of the more long-standing residents. She delightfully delivered crisp quips and shards of humour as accompaniment to her wealth of information. Her tireless support for tourism and local businesses has been yet another gleaming facet.
Jill, thank you for making people feel welcome and spreading your love of this beautiful town and everything it has to offer. We look forward to still seeing that sparkle around Wonthaggi.