Ah, the North, so much to do in win­ter sun

Townsville Bulletin - - OPINION -

AS NORTH Queens­lan­ders, we love our trop­i­cal lifestyle, but this week­end is a per­fect ex­am­ple of why we live in par­adise.

Our pleas­ant warm win­ter tem­per­a­tures and a com­bi­na­tion of sport­ing, cul­tural and artis­tic events mean if you can’t find some­thing that tick­les your fancy this week­end, then you are not try­ing hard enough.

As our story on Page 4 to­day states, we’ve got mu­sic, art, Thor ver­sus Hulk out at 1300SMILES, run­ning, and Ital­ian food and cul­ture in abun­dance.

The bumper week­end in­cludes a Cowboys home game against the Can­berra Raiders, with the team sure to let their on- field per­for­mance put paid to this week’s salary cap ru­mours.

Or­gan­is­ers of the Townsville Run­ning Fes­ti­val are ex­pect­ing 3000 peo­ple to lace up their shoes and hit the pave­ment in the city.

The Aus­tralian Fes­ti­val of Cham­ber Mu­sic will be show­cas­ing some of the best mu­si­cians from the coun­try and around the world for the next week, and stun­ning art­works will line the beach­front at the Strand Ephemera.

Mean­while up the road in Ing­ham, the pop­u­lar Aus­tralian Ital­ian Fes­ti­val is ex­pected to at­tract around 10,000 peo­ple.

And now that our short win­ter ap­pears to be over, the sun and warm tem­per­a­tures will only in­crease the love that peo­ple vis­it­ing the re­gion for these events will feel for the city.

There is no other place you would want to be this week­end. High alert for stranger dan­ger PAR­ENTS, there has never been a more im­por­tant time to have the stranger dan­ger con­ver­sa­tion with your kids.

The at­tempted ab­duc­tion near a Townsville school last week has led po­lice and child safety ad­vo­cates to re­new their plea to par­ents to talk with their kids about safety and what to do in an emer­gency or if they feel un­com­fort­able.

As par­ents, you are the first line of de­fence for your chil­dren and the knowl­edge you im­part about the risks could be the sway­ing fac­tor in their de­ci­sion- mak­ing process.

Schools around the re­gion are on high alert, ask­ing par­ents to not let their kids walk to school alone and re­mind­ing them who they should and should not be talk­ing to.

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