From the editor's desk

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS - Sharon Small­wood Editor

IT’S al­ways great to live in the Whit­sun­days but there’s ar­guably no bet­ter time than now.

The weather is amaz­ing, the whales are here and the town is abuzz with events.

The Whit­sun­day Reef Fes­ti­val has now wrapped up for another year and a huge con­grat­u­la­tions must go to the won­der­ful com­mit­tee and band of vol­un­teers.

With the event ex­panded across 10 days this year, there were two full week­ends when the pink-shirted brigade had to aban­don their fam­i­lies and friends for this com­mu­nity event and the “greater good”.

What not a lot of peo­ple re­alise is the events them­selves are just the “ic­ing on the cake”, with months of plan­ning re­quired to pull each and ev­ery one off.

Hats off to you Margie Mur­phy and the team.

Like­wise, the Air­lie Beach Race Week com­mit­tee and their army of vol­un­teers are no doubt al­most run ragged, with over half the re­gatta now done.

It’s been fan­tas­tic to see the in­creased fo­cus on com­mu­nity in­clu­sion by the event or­gan­is­ers and judg­ing by the crowds at the Whit­sun­day Sail­ing Club this week, it’s cer­tainly pay­ing off.

On another mat­ter...

Our front page story in this week’s edi­tion is a ter­rific ex­am­ple of lo­cal busi­nesses re­al­is­ing the value in join­ing forces to “hunt as a pack”.

Tech­ni­cally, the Whit­sun­day’s bare­boat op­er­a­tors are all in com­pe­ti­tion with each other, yet they have risen above this to put mar­ket­ing heads to­gether and work as a team.

The re­sult is the #GoBare­boat­ing ini­tia­tive with Chan­nel 7 pre­sen­ter Chris Par­sons as the front man.

Hope­fully this in­creased mo­men­tum will give the in­dus­try a boost.

We wish our bare­boat op­er­a­tors all the best.

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