Busselton volunteer Innes Barker heads north

Busselton volunteer Innes Barker wanted to thank the community before he relocates to the Northern Territory in a couple of weeks.
Busselton volunteer Innes Barker wanted to thank the community before he relocates to the Northern Territory in a couple of weeks.

Much-loved Busselton volunteer and community member Innes Barker is heading to the Northern Territory to be closer with family.

Mr Barker said while he was looking forward to moving closer to his brothers, nieces and nephews up north he was sad to be leaving Busselton.

Since Mr Barker has been living in Busselton he has been involved in a number of community groups including pottery, painting, drawing, surfing, sailing and swimming.

He also volunteered at Cliff's Kitchen and the Geographe Community Landcare Nursery.

"I never rest," he said.

During the seven years Mr Barker has been living in Busselton he has made many friends through his volunteering commitments and the community groups he is part of.

He said he would miss the friends he has made and wanted to say thank you to the community for being so welcoming to him.

"I will miss everyone at the nursery, Cliff's Kitchen and all the other groups, I would like to say thank you to all those people." he said.

While he was looking forward to some warmer weather he was not keen on pursing surfing as a hobby in the NT.

"I won't be croc surfing," he said.

His carer Ant Pursell said the amount of work Mr Barker did in the community would keep most people busy.

"It would be really good if a lot of people who sat on their bum and whinged recognised that getting off your bum and doing something was really beneficial for the community," he said.

"Mr Barker helps out at Cliff's Kitchen each week, he collects the vegetables and sits and eats lunch with everyone," he said.

Geographe Community Landcare Nursery coordinator Peter Howe said he had never seen a more dedicated volunteer or hard working person of any ability than Mr Barker.

Mr Howe said they tailored Mr Barker's workload to fit with his vision limitations and he produced a quantity and quality of work which put many other people to shame.

"Innes is unflappable in his dedication to any task he is set, we only have to tell him once at the start what we want done, and he goes on with it until he runs out of time or plants," he said.

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