From the edi­tor's desk

Whitsunday Times - - WHITSUNDAY NEWS AND VIEWS - Leanne Aber­nethy

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.

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