Mayor puts the ‘A’ back in Airlie Beach
THE sign welcoming visitors to Airlie Beach has been looking a little bare for the past two weeks after the letter ‘A’ was stolen some time between August 1 and 2.
Whitsunday mayor Jennifer Whitney said the theft was reported to Council officers by a member of the public, but before they had a chance to replace the letter, the story hit the air.
Radio radio station SEA FM received a call about the sign and decided to have a bit of fun with it.
Cr Whitney subsequently joined in the joke, going on air herself and adding fuel to the rumours circulating about where the ‘A’ from Airlie Beach had actually gone.
Cr Whitney said there were even rumours that former mayor Mike Brunker was responsible for the prank.
“But I think one of our wonderful visitors has taken a piece of paradise home with them,” she joked.
On Tuesday afternoon, Cr Whitney and Rick Norder from Tropical Designs replaced the letter, meaning locals and visitors will once again be properly greeted on approach to Airlie Beach. Putting humour aside, Cr Whit- ney appealed to the public to now leave the sign alone.
“This is our entrance statement to beautiful Airlie Beach so please leave the letters there because it’s a first and lasting impression,” she said.
BACK IN BUSINESS: Mayor Jennifer Whitney and Tropical Designs co-owner Rick Norder replacing the 'A' in the Airlie Beach welcome sign on Tuesday afternoon.