REEF FESTIVAL WRAPS UP
THE stages are gone, the rides packed up and the organisers understandably exhausted but many are still talking about the 2015 Whitsunday Reef Festival.
Whitsunday Reef Festival committee chairwoman Margie Murphy said all the months of blood, sweat and tears had been worth it.
“It was a huge success. Everyone loved the mall vibe in the main street,” she said.
With the festival growing ever-larger, Ms Murphy said it was reaching what she called a “tipping point”.
“It’s grown to such a level that it’s sort of gone beyond a volunteer situation,” she said.
Logistics and operations manager Steve McDonald, from Beach Music, said the festival did great things for the town.
“The town as a whole benefits greatly from the influx of people and the general sense of excitement that the festival brings in,” he said.
With the dust only just starting to settle from the 2015 event, Mr McDonald said 2016 was already being considered.
“We’ll be debriefing next week and putting things in place for the coming year,” he said.
The 11-year festival veteran commended the volunteers for their efforts.
“We have a small and dedicated group of volunteers and it’s really all just pulled together by Margie, who does an extreme amount of work in her own time to make it happen,” he said.
MOVERS AND SHAKERS: Leane Duncan, Rebecca Ross, Annie Grunwald, Lisa Stockow, Steve McDonald, Lisa Mulvihill, Ellen Kerr and Margie Murphy at the Lagoon Race Day on Sunday.