From the edi­tor's desk

Whitsunday Times - - WHITSUNDAY NEWS AND VIEWS - Leanne Aber­nethy

THE visit by the Queen Mary 2 this week was the fourth visit by this mag­nif­i­cent ship.

It al­ways cre­ates plenty of in­ter­est around town and this time around, al­most 2500 pas­sen­gers came ashore.

By all re­ports, they were all im­pressed with our town and our re­gion.

Th­ese vis­its pro­vide an eco­nomic boost to the re­gion and help to raise our pro­file on the in­ter­na­tional tourist stage.

The pas­sen­gers are al­ways wel­comed by the cruise ship am­bas­sadors who do an amaz­ing job.

The am­bas­sadors need a hand at the mo­ment – see story page 15.

On an­other mat­ter...

Cy­clone Nathan is cur­rently hov­er­ing well north west of us. It is not ex­pected to come any­where near the Whit­sun­days but res­i­dents are urged to al­ways be pre­pared at this time of the year.

Just two weeks ago, Trop­i­cal Cy­clone Mar­cia crossed the coast at Yep­poon – a long way south of us and a long way south of where we would usu­ally ex­pect cy­clones to cross the coast.

Mar­cia could very well have crossed in the Whit­sun­days as it was head­ing our way at one stage. We need not to be com­pla­cent. Be pre­pared – make sure your yard is clear of de­bris, re­search haz­ards and dis­as­ter man­age­ment ar­range­ments in your lo­cal area, dis­cuss pos­si­ble sce­nar­ios and re­sponses with your friends and fam­ily and record in­for­ma­tion about your emer­gency con­tacts, emer­gency meet­ing places and all tasks re­quired prior to evac­u­at­ing.

It never hurts to have a good sup­ply of things, such as can­dles and bat­ter­ies as we of­ten lose power when bad weather is around.

When a cy­clone is head­ing our way, check the Whit­sun­day Times and the Whit­sun­day Dis­as­ter and Emer­gency Face­book pages for the lat­est in­for­ma­tion.

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