From the ed­i­tor's desk

Whitsunday Times - - WHITSUNDAY VIEWS - Leanne Aber­nethy

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.

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