From the edi­tor's desk

Whitsunday Times - - WHITSUNDAY VIEWS - Leanne Aber­nethy

THE an­nounce­ment this week that Air­lie would host a Queens­land Rugby League (QRL) match in early Au­gust and then Whit­sun­day Re­gional Coun­cil’s de­ci­sion yes­ter­day to sup­port the an­nual Whit­sun­day Reef Fes­ti­val are both very wel­come an­nounce­ments.

Au­gust is cer­tainly shap­ing up to be a busy month for Air­lie Beach with the QRL match be­tween Mackay Cut­ters and Bris­bane’s Norths Devils early in the month and then the an­nual reef fes­ti­val and pop­u­lar sail­ing events, Air­lie Beach Race Week and fun race mid-Au­gust.

The reef fes­ti­val will be hold­ing a street party with the back­ing of Coun­cil to co-in­cide with the of­fi­cial open­ing of Air­lie’s new main street. The main street up­grade won’t be to­tally fin­ished but we have been as­sured most of the work will be com­pleted and the traf­fic will be trav­el­ling in both di­rec­tions by that time.

It’s been a long and dif­fi­cult 12 months for the main street traders and Air­lie Beach shop­pers while the works have been car­ried out.

We can only hope that the re­fur­bished street looks good and that the flood mit­i­ga­tion works have also been a suc­cess.

With the fi­nan­cial year al­most over, we hope that Air­lie Beach can look for­ward to a bet­ter trad­ing year in 2013/2014 and that the events of Au­gust will be a wel­come boost to our econ­omy.

With Whit­sun­days Mar­ket­ing and De­vel­op­ment cur­rently push­ing the 100,000 rea­sons to visit Air­lie Beach cam­paign, now is a good time to talk to your friends and fam­ily in other parts of the coun­try and en­cour­age them to visit.

We live in par­adise – lets pro­mote it to help our lo­cal tourism in­dus­try.

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