What a weekend
THE 13th annual Whitsunday Reef Festival was a huge success, with more than 10,000 estimated in town over the four day event. We have received outstanding feedback from across the community and I want to take this opportunity to thank everyone involved, including you who attended.
This event could not happen without the support of individuals, local businesses and community groups and on behalf of our committee I would like to thank all involved.
About $60,000 was raised, plus more through in-kind contributions, from local businesses and council. Every cent of this went back into the festival, to bring what was arguably one of the best events yet.
Hundreds of man-hours go into the organisation of the event which is done entirely by volunteers. The committee consists of about 10 people, all who tirelessly commit their time in the lead up, organizing everything from individual events, approvals, logistics, marketing and participation, all on top of their every day jobs. The committee is passionate about the festival and what it means for the Whitsunday community, not just as an economic and tourism benefit, but as an event that unites the town and celebrates what it means to live here. And this feeling was obvious throughout the weekend with the whole town a buzz.
This year, we had a strong local and national media contingent present, not to mention Timomatic rocking the incredible Beach Music stage right in the middle of town showing the world Airlie Beach is definitely back in action.
Our goal is to continue to grow the event and the committee is working hard applying for grants and sourcing other funding streams that will lead to Reef Festival becoming a major event on the Queensland tourism calendar. Margie Murphy CHAIRPERSON – WHITSUNDAY REEF FESTIVAL COMMITTEE