From the ed­i­tor's desk

Whitsunday Times - - WHITSUNDAY VIEWS - Leanne Aber­nethy

THE news that the Oat­ley fam­ily of Hamil­ton Is­land has chal­lenged the 35th Amer­ica’s Cup is big news for Hamil­ton Is­land and the wider Whit­sun­day re­gion.

Pub­lic­ity from the chal­lenge is al­ready ev­i­dent with global, na­tional and re­gional me­dia cov­er­age this week – and the chal­lenge was only con­firmed on Tues­day morn­ing.

The Oat­leys are fa­mous for their love of sail­ing and for their Wild Oats wine brand af­ter which the fam­ily’s suc­ces­sion of cus­tom-built yachts has been named.

It will be ex­cit­ing to see how Hamil­ton Is­land helps to shape the fu­ture of the Amer­ica’s Cup and what de­vel­op­ments might oc­cur on our own doorstep. For those of us who re­mem­ber the Amer­ica’s Cup win in 1983, we know that it is a big deal.

We will fol­low the progress of this story with in­ter­est in the com­ing months and years.

On an­other mat­ter...

This week­end is a long week­end. Tra­di­tion­ally, Queens­land has cel­e­brated Labour Day in May but this has now been changed to the first week­end in Oc­to­ber which is in line with NSW.

There’s plenty on around our re­gion this week­end and it is hoped the town will be busy with an in­crease in peo­ple from our drive mar­ket. Po­lice have been crack­ing down on drink driv­ing and are likely to have a strong pres­ence this week­end so en­joy your week­end and stay safe.

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