From the editor's desk
IT IS now just over one month until ANZAC day.
This is a particularly special event this year as it is the centenary of the landing at Gallipoli on April 25, 1915.
The Australian Government offered a ballot for more than 8000 Australians to attend. The ballot has now been drawn and a waiting list has been created as there will now be a re-distribution from those people who were selected but unable to attend.
The wait list is open until March 31 and then there will be no remaining passes.
There is no doubt that the interest in ANZAC Day has grown in recent years.
Here in the Whitsundays, the Proserpine RSL and the Airlie Beach RSL sub branch are both working hard to make sure the commemoration is extra special.
In Proserpine, the procession will head to the Proserpine Entertainment Centre where there will be a slide show of second World War Photos.
In Cannonvale, there will be a World War I inspired art show at the Reef Gateway Hotel on April 24.
These are just part of the extra special touches for this year’s commemoration.
It will also be particularly special for Proserpine State High School student Rhylee Goodwin who was selected to go to Gallipoli as part of the Premier’s ANZAC prize.
The local student will be among those standing on the ANZAC landing in Gallipoli at dawn on April 25 as one of only 70 winners.
Back home, everyone is encouraged to attend services locally and pay their respects to those who fought for our country in years gone by.
As it is now just over a month away, it is time to give it some thought.
On another matter...
Meanwhile, boat ramps continue to be an issue in the Whitsundays.
Prior to the State election in January, both sides of politics said they would fund the boat ramp at the VMR in Cannonvale.
Now, boating enthusiasts are asking what we are waiting for. They are right.
The boat ramp at the VMR has been a controversial issue for several years. It is time a decision was made and the issue was put to rest.