Whit­fun­day nets a crowd

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

MORE than 1000 peo­ple made the trek to Dingo Beach on Sun­day for the ham­let’s an­nual fam­ily fun day – Whit­fun­day.

Mar­ket stalls, net cast­ing com­pe­ti­tions, sideshow al­ley, sand sculpt­ing, beach races, dag­wood dogs, fairy floss, lol­lies, raf­fles and com­pe­ti­tions galore kept the chil­dren en­thralled.

The event is or­gan­ised each year by the Dingo Beach Progress As­so­ci­a­tion and as well as be­ing a fun day out for Whit­sun­day fam­i­lies, dou­bles as the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s ma­jor fundraiser for the year.

While the fi­nal fig­ure was still be­ing tal­lied, as­so­ci­a­tion pres­i­dent An­drew Din­nie said the good turnout meant he was fairly cer­tain the day raised more than $9000.

He said the funds would be enough for the group to begin work on its next project de­vel­op­ing a camp­ground at the Dingo Beach Com­mu­nity Hall.

Mr Din­nie said the as­so­ci­a­tion was look­ing at en­clos­ing a sec­tion un­der­neath the hall and con­struct­ing an of­fice space and shower and toi­let fa­cil­i­ties.

“We’ll start look­ing at plan­ning now and get­ting some prices in and see if we can get it done,” he said.

“It’s part of our spe­cial-in­ter­est camp­ground that we’re try­ing to de­velop for lo­cal schools, scout or­gan­i­sa­tions and dif­fer­ent groups like that.”

But the undis­puted high­light of Whit­fun­day was the $1000 lucky draw prize, won by Proser­pine res­i­dent Lois Read. Mrs Read, who ran a plant stall with her hus­band for the day, was pack­ing up when a friend ran over and told her she’d won the $1000.

Af­ter a busy day sell­ing bromeli­ads and desert roses, Mrs Read said the win was the “ic­ing on the cake”.

“I just raced over to the stage – I only had a minute or so to get over there,” she said. “I did move very quickly. “I was very ex­cited. I do­nated $50 back to the progress as­so­ci­a­tion. The rest of it has paid the reg­is­tra­tion on my car.”

Ear­lier in the day, the Good­win fam­ily won the Cruise Whit­sun­days Fam­ily Sand Sculpt­ing Com­pe­ti­tion, earn­ing them a re­turn trip to Cruise Whit­sun­days’ Reef World.

While next year’s Queen’s Birth­day public hol­i­day has been moved to Oc­to­ber 3, Mr Din­nie said Whit­fun­day would con­tinue to be held in June.

HEAPS OF FUN: (From back) Jor­dan Creighton, Lu­cas Marsh­man, Shae Creighton, (front) Bri­anna Marsh­man, Sarah and Jacque Good­win and Tayla Creighton built this im­pres­sive boat sand­cas­tle dur­ing Whit­fun­day's com­pe­ti­tion on Sun­day.

Pho­tos: Keagan Ryan

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