From the editor's desk
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.