From the edi­tor's desk

Whitsunday Times - - WHITSUNDAY NEWS AND VIEWS -

THE news this week that Amer­i­can com­edy se­ries Mod­ern Fam­ily will be film­ing here in the Whit­sun­days is big news.

Mod­ern Fam­ily is an award win­ning com­edy which first started in the U.S.A in 2009. It is watched by mil­lions of view­ers and there­fore has mil­lions of fans.

The film­ing that will be done here will be for the sixth sea­son of ths show.

The fact they are film­ing here will cre­ate pub­lic­ity for our re­gion – and it this type of pub­lic­ity which helps our area to be­come known in­ter­na­tion­ally.

This is only weeks af­ter Brad Pitt and An­gelina Jolie were here which would have al­ready gen­er­ated a lot of pub­lic­ity across the world.

The other good news for our tourism in­dus­try this week is that the Queen Mary 2 – the world’s largest cruise liner – will be in Air­lie Beach this weekend.

Last time the ship came here, about 2100 pas­sen­gers came off the ship with about 1400 of those vis­it­ing Air­lie Beach.

The QM2 is a tourist at­trac­tion in it­self with many people driv­ing to Air­lie from sur­round­ing ar­eas just to see the ship.

On an­other mat­ter...

Com­mu­nity spirit and gen­eros­ity are still well and truly alive in the Whit­sun­days.

This week we have sev­eral sto­ries about fundrais­ers for var­i­ous events in the com­ing weeks.

These in­clude the World’s Great­est Shave in March (see page 7), Re­lay For Life to raise money for the Cancer Coun­cil in May (see page 12) and a car rally to raise money for the Cancer Coun­cil (see page 37).

The people of the Whit­sun­days are al­ways gen­er­ous in sup­port­ing fundrais­ers and these events will be no ex­cep­tion.

Some lo­cal people have al­ready an­nounced they will be tak­ing part in the great­est shave which is very brave.

Leanne Aber­nethy

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