THE Whitsundays has endured a horror 3 years that have included cyclones, floods, economic instability, a council in a financial mess, our main street being dug up, loss of key local businesses and because of the downturn in the resources sector – many locals losing their jobs as well as many others.
On top of all that we have seen a long standing state Labor government annihilated in the Queensland election and don’t even start me on the nonsense we have all been subjected to from Canberra – soon to be over thank goodness.... I hope.
All of this puts a significant strain on the financial viability of many businesses – small and large. This in turn also places significant pressure on many families who are having a terribly tough time.
So, it was with genuine pleasure and perhaps a certain level of relief that I saw and experienced such a successful Reef Festival. The town on the Friday night was heaving, it was great to see. With the near completion of the main street too, I came away feeling that the town is about to turn the corner, I sensed people were starting to feel optimistic again.
That said I must confess I was a little bemused that a number of shops down the main street were closed that night?
But the purpose of my letter is to congratulate the Reef Festival committee, organisers and other volunteers. Many of these people run their own businesses and to dedicate so much time to this community event, one that appears to have lifted so many spirits, is a credit to them all.
So whilst we are not completely out of the woods yet the Reef Festival has made a significant contribution to bringing some pride and optimism back to the town, so well done to you all. Jim Sherrington CANNONVALE