Whitsunday Times - - WHITSUNDAY VIEWS -

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.

Leanne Aber­nethy

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