EVERYONE involved with this year’s Whitsunday Reef Festival deserves congratulations.
The atmosphere in the main street on Friday night for the Timomatic concert was excellent.
Organising a festival of this size is a big job and this event is organised completely by volunteers.
Those who have been on the committee for a few years have seen the festival grow and are finding it more and more difficult each year to provide enough time and help to organise an event of this size.
The committee will be applying for grant funding for next year’s festival and if successful, this may take some pressure off the small band of volunteers who work tirelessly to make the event happen each year. To everyone involved this year – well done.
On another matter...
With less than three weeks until the federal election, it is no real surprise that we are seeing more and more federal politicians visit our region.
Prime Minister Kevin Rudd was in Mackay last week and the Greens leader Christine Milne made a quick trip to Airlie Beach on Friday to announce a package to rescue the Great Barrier Reef.
This week, Deputy Prime Minister Anthony Albanese was at the Whitsunday Coast Airport on Monday and then former premier Peter Beattie, who is contesting the southern federal seat of Forde, was in Airlie with the local Labor candidate Bronwyn Taha on Tuesday.
Five of the seven Dawson candidates were at Coral Sea on Tuesday for a business breakfast organised by Whitsundays Marketing and Development but there were only about 35 people to there to hear what they had to say.
With seven candidates now contesting the local seat, it is time to think carefully about your preference votes.
If you are voting for one of the minor parties, your second preference is more important than ever.