Whitsunday Times - - WHITSUNDAY NEWS AND VIEWS -

I WOULD like to thank the com­mu­nity and our gen­er­ous spon­sors and con­trib­u­tors for their sup­port of another fan­tas­tic Whit­sun­day Reef Fes­ti­val. Feed­back from the com­mu­nity and our vis­i­tors has been hugely pos­i­tive and re­ward­ing to our small but ded­i­cated com­mit­tee of vol­un­teers who put in such a huge ef­fort to bring the re­gion’s largest event to the com­mu­nity an­nu­ally.

Spe­cial thanks goes out to our ma­jor spon­sor True Blue Sail­ing who have com­mit­ted a con­sid­er­able fi­nan­cial con­tri­bu­tion this year re­sult­ing in a fan­tas­tic lineup of entertainment through­out the eight day fes­ti­val.

Also to the in­cred­i­bly hard­work­ing Beach Mu­sic team for pro­vid­ing such an im­pres­sive stage right in the mid­dle of Air­lie Main Street which all our artists loved play­ing on.

Another big shout out to Porters who have spon­sored the fire­works event over the last five years – a mas­sive con­tri­bu­tion from a lo­cally owned busi­ness. This event has grown into the big­gest night out on the Air­lie Beach cal­en­dar and we urge the com­mu­nity to sup­port these busi­nesses that bring so much joy to our com­mu­nity.

Thanks of course to the very sup­port­ive team at the Whit­sun­day Times for pro­mot­ing the event so every­one in the com­mu­nity knows about it.

It was fan­tas­tic to see the “Heart of the Reef” theme re­ally shin­ing through this year with the Ro­tary Street Pa­rade and the Tel­stra Fam­ily Fun Day which were both highly suc­cess­ful and well-at­tended events. We will be build­ing on the Reef el­e­ment of the fes­ti­val over the years and were very ex­cited to un­veil stage 1 of our reef art in­stal­la­tion this year.

This year we have re­ceived fund­ing from Tourism and Events Queens­land and WMDL to­wards mar­ket­ing of the fes­ti­val to a broader re­gion as well as to­wards devel­op­ment of the fes­ti­val into a tourism event.

We will be sur­vey­ing busi­nesses in re­gards to eco­nomic im­pacts of the fes­ti­val for our re­ports. Please send any feed­back to sec­re­tary@whit­sun­dayre­effes­ti­ as all in­for­ma­tion is help­ful and will as­sist in plan­ning of next year’s fes­ti­val. Margie Murphy Chair­per­son WHIT­SUN­DAY REEF FES­TI­VAL

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