Main street launch to be part of reef festival
THIS year’s 13th annual Whitsunday Reef Festival from August 15-18 will also mark the official launch of the re-vamped Airlie Beach main street.
While the details of the mardigras-style street party are yet to be finalised, the agreement for a funding boost of $20,000 was approved at yesterday’s Whitsunday Regional Council meeting in Bowen.
Cr Whitney said that by partnering with the Reef Festival, Council would be helping an existing event to grow and ensuring that the community would benefit.
“It won’t just be a plain-Jane cut the tape and it’s all over – they want something that people will remember,” she said.
Reef Festival chairperson Margie Murphy was excited by the prospect of stepping up the annual event to incorporate the long-awaited celebration of a new-look main street.
“We aim to stop traffic and hold the party of the year,” she said.
“The street will be alive with performers, funky sounds and the traders will open up their doors and spill onto the street.”
Ms Murphy said the theme of this year’s Reef Festival was ‘heart of the reef’, which would put the ‘reef’ back into Reef Festival.
Probuild Civil project manager Alistair Neale said while the main street upgrade would not be officially finished by August 15, construction would be down to the finishing touches such as furniture, light poles, plants, bins and final paving at that stage.
“As long as everything goes to plan and there’s no wet weather, the road will be open in both directions from about August 8 and the only real remaining works will be a section of footpath from the car park in the centre of town towards the Airlie Esplanade,” he said.
The Reef Festival starts with a comedy gala on Thursday, August 15. Other events include the Porters fireworks on the Friday night, Rotary street parade and Great Whitsunday Fun Race on Saturday and Telstra Family Fun Day on Sunday, August 18.
For more information visit www.whitsundayreeffestival.com.au.
PARTY TIME: Reef Festival committee members Fleur Stone (back left), Stacy Harvey and Margie Murphy (back right), Cr Jan Clifford, Cr Kevin Collins (back centre) and local children Dane Gottschalk, Tahlia Skinner, Ned Barbara and Keely Skinner are looking forward to this year's reef-themed festival and mardi-gras-style party to launch the re-vamped Airlie Beach main street.