People travel for tourism re­union

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

FOL­LOW­ING the suc­cess of last year's re­union, Air­lie Beach’s sec­ond tourism re­union was held at the weekend.

People who were in­volved in the foun­da­tion of Air­lie Beach flocked to Air­lie Beach Bowls Club for a night of story-telling and rem­i­nisc­ing.

A din­ner was held at Sor­rento Bar and Restau­rant fol­lowed by an evening of dancing and rem­i­nisc­ing at the bowls club.

Tourism oper­a­tors of Air­lie Beach’s past trav­elled from Mel­bourne, Syd­ney and Bris­bane for the event which lo­cal res­i­dent Dale Hell said was a tes­ti­mony to the town it­self.

“It means that the spirit of Air­lie Beach is still alive, people travel back be­cause they just love Air­lie Beach, it’s a place that never leaves them,” she said.

At­ten­dees in­cluded Bernie Katchor who founded Whit­sun­day Rent-A-Yacht, David and Lynn Moore who built the Is­land Gate­way Car­a­van Park, mar­ket­ing en­tre­pre­neur Steve Noakes, John Bell from the for­mer Whit­sun­day Wildlife Park, David Gill­man who was one of the first doc­tors in Air­lie Beach, Kevin Bowe who founded Air Whit­sun­day and Mau­reen and Sandy Prior who were pi­o­neers of the div­ing in­dus­try in Air­lie Beach.

A mem­ory board was signed by those who at­tended and will be placed on diso­play in Air­lie shortly.

Any­one who lived and worked in Air­lie Beach from the 1930s to the 1980s is wel­come to sign the board and should con­tact Dale Hell.

Ms Hell said the evening had also in­spired her to cre­ate an­other pioneer book, hav­ing re­leased the first book ear­lier in the year.

She said she hoped to get con­tri­bu­tions from people who were in­volved in early ser­vice clubs and other or­gan­i­sa­tions in­clud­ing the Ro­tary Club of Air­lie Beach, Whit­sun­day Lions Club, the Whit­sun­day Sail­ing Club band the lo­cal game fish­ing club.

Any­one who would like to con­trib­ute to the sec­ond book should con­tact Dale Hell on 0416 273 598.

HIS­TORIC: Air­lie Beach pi­o­neers re­union or­gan­iser Dale Hell in front of one of many dis­plays dur­ing the weekend cel­e­bra­tion.

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