From the editor's desk
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.