From the editor's desk
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.