From the edi­tor's desk

Whitsunday Times - - WHITSUNDAY VIEWS -

THE an­nual Reef Fes­ti­val con­tin­ues to­day and to­mor­row with the Com­edy Gala tonight and the Frocktails event to­mor­row night.

This year’s fes­ti­val is the 14th an­nual event and al­ways has a lot of ac­tiv­i­ties for all the fam­ily.

Last week­end’s events were pop­u­lar and there are still a cou­ple of events to go. We all know that Au­gust is a busy month in Air­lie Beach and the fes­ti­val will only just be over when the high­light of the yearly sail­ing cal­en­dar – Air­lie Beach Race Week – starts on Fri­day.

This is the 25th an­niver­sary event and has at­tracted a record num­ber of en­tries.

There are 135 boats tak­ing part in this year’s race week – an in­crease from the pre­vi­ous record of 123 in 2011.

Air­lie Beach is known as the gate­way to the is­lands and sail­ing is ob­vi­ously a pop­u­lar pas­time for many lo­cals and tourists. It is also very im­por­tant to our econ­omy. As well as all the events on the wa­ter, the Whit­sun­day Sail­ing Club is wel­com­ing every­one to the club for the events each night. There will be a wel­come party to­mor­row night, the 25th an­niver­sary party on Mon­day night and the Race Week finale on Fri­day, Au­gust 15 with fire­works.

You don’t have to be a yachtie to cel­e­brate 25 years of Race Week and every­one is en­cour­aged to go along to the club this week to be part of the cel­e­bra­tions.

On another mat­ter...

The de­ci­sion by the Whit­sun­day Re­gional Coun­cil to re­move the stinger net at Can­non­vale Beach as a cost-cut­ting mea­sure has cer­tainly caused a stir.

A pe­ti­tion which was started last week has al­ready at­tracted more than 1000 sig­na­tures. This is ex­pected to be pre­sented to coun­cil next week. The mayor has al­ready said that she hasn’t closed the door on this is­sue so it will be in­ter­est­ing to the see if it is dis­cussed at next week’s coun­cil meet­ing and what the out­come will be.

Leanne Aber­nethy

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