From the editor's desk
TOMORROW, August 9, is the start of Airlie Beach Race Week.
This annual event is important to the region’s economy and an important regatta on the sailing calendar.
This year, there will be 110 boats and about 700 crew.
This is the 24th annual event and always a favourite among sailors as well as locals and other visitors.
Next week, Airlie will celebrate again with the annual Great Whitsunday Fun Race and the annual reef festival.
Again, these events are great for the region’s economy and are lots of fun.
The reef festival will coincide with a street party to celebrate the final stage of the main street upgrade.
This upgrade has caused a lot of disruption for more than 12 months but finally seems to be taking shape.
On another matter...
THE federal election has finally been announced and will be held on September 7 – one week earlier than the original date announced by former Prime Minister Julia Gillard.
The Dawson electorate is highly sought after with five candidates announcing their intention to contest it.
These include the two major parties along with the Greens, Katter’s Australia Party and the Palmer United Party.
With five candidates, preferences will be very important in this electorate.
Unless there is a clear winner, this electorate will be decided on preferences so every voter is encouraged to look at the issues very carefully. You should not just decide who you would like to represent you in the federal parliament but consider who would be your second choice if the candidate you would prefer is not elected.