From the edi­tor's desk

Whitsunday Times - - WHITSUNDAY VIEWS -

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.

Leanne Aber­nethy

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