From the editor's desk
THE announcement last Thursday afternoon that the Whitsunday Calling music festival was cancelled was disappointing – not only for those who had already bought tickets but for Airlie Beach as a whole.
The negative publicity from an event being cancelled at such short notice can be very damaging. Potential visitors who hear about this may start having doubts about visiting for other events.
In an area that relies so heavily on tourism, this is a real concern. Obviously, the organisers of the Airlie Beach Music Festival to be held in November are now very keen to get the word out that there is no doubt about it going ahead.
This festival has 74 bands scheduled at 16 venues with the main acts playing over three nights at the Whitsunday Sailing Club.
Organisers of that event have assured us this week that their plans are rock solid and they are looking forward to a great festival over three days early next month.
On another matter...
Water charges are still a hot topic in the community and high on the agenda for Whitsunday Regional Council.
Mayor Jennifer Whitney said this week that Council would be embarking on a water-wise campaign. Given the new charging system, some people may find they get much higher bills than they are expecting after the meters are read in about December.