From the edi­tor's desk

Whitsunday Times - - WHITSUNDAY NEWS AND VIEWS - Leanne Aber­nethy

TONIGHT marks the start of the 13th an­nual Whit­sun­day Reef Fes­ti­val and Fri­day marks the end of the 24th an­nual Air­lie Beach Race Week.

The Great Whit­sun­day Fun Race will held on the wa­ter on Satur­day.

All of th­ese events are good for the town’s econ­omy and bring out great com­mu­nity spirit.

Aus­tralia’s Got Tal­ent hero Ti­mo­matic will be the star at­trac­tion at this year’s Reef Fes­ti­val and will be per­form­ing on the main stage in Air­lie’s main street on Fri­day night from 9pm.

Res­i­dents and vis­i­tors are en­cour­aged to sup­port the events over the next four days as it is their suc­cess that en­sures they will con­tinue each year.

The vol­un­teers who work tire­lessly to make th­ese events hap­pen should be con­grat­u­lated.

The main street, which has been a mess for more than 12 months dur­ing the up­grade, will be closed from 3pm on Fri­day un­til 6am on Sun­day to al­low the Reef Fes­ti­val events to go ahead in the cen­tre of town.

When it street is re-opened on Sun­day, traf­fic will be able to travel in both di­rec­tions.

Yes, that is right. The up­grade is al­most com­plete and it is hoped that trad­ing for all busi­nesses in the main street can get back to nor­mal and start to see more traf­fic again.

It is also hoped that the flood is­sues which have been a prob­lem in the main street for a long time are fi­nally fixed.

In other news, the first race of the an­nual Hamil­ton Is­land Race Week is on Sun­day.

This is also a great op­por­tu­nity for the Whit­sun­days to re­ceive national me­dia at­ten­tion.

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