What a week­end

Whitsunday Times - - WHITSUNDAY VIEWS -

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

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