To­day Show on its way

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS - By Inge Hansen

AUS­TRALIA’S most loveable break­fast pro­gram, The To­day Show, is head­ing to Air­lie Beach next week for their We Love Aus­tralia tour, which kicks off on Mon­day.

The team – Karl Ste­fanovic, Lisa Wilkin­son, Richard Wilkins and Tim Gil­bert – will broad­cast live from Air­lie Beach Fore­shore on Wed­nes­day, June 1, from 5.30–9am.

For To­day’s sports pre­sen­ter, Tim Gil­bert, June 1 is a mem­o­rable day, hav­ing started at Chan­nel 9 20 years ago on June 1, 1996.

“It’s a huge his­toric day for me,” he said.

“So much has changed and, as al­ways, so much has stayed the same.

CEO of Tourism Whit­sun­days Craig Turner said the day would not have been pos­si­ble with­out the part­ner­ships.

“Tourism and Events Queens­land (TEQ) has re­ally driven this whole thing and they’ve part­nered with Tourism Whit­sun­days and the Whit­sun­day Re­gional Coun­cil to make it pos­si­ble,” he said.

Mr Turner said the team would be par­tic­i­pat­ing in a range of fun ac­tiv­i­ties.

“They’ll be go­ing on jet skis, eat­ing mud crabs and hav­ing a mud crab peel­ing com­pe­ti­tion,” he said.

“(Lo­cal) Adrian Con­nor will also be cre­at­ing a sand sculp­ture es­pe­cially for the To­day Show.”

Mr Turner said he was thrilled to have the pop­u­lar tele­vi­sion team vis­it­ing the re­gion.

“This is a first for us and to have them do a full pro­duc­tion in our re­gion is a great op­por­tu­nity to show­case what it is we of­fer here and why the Whit­sun­days is such a renowned des­ti­na­tion,” he said.

Ex­plor­ing the coastal re­gions of Queens­land, the team will first visit Noosa be­fore head­ing north to Rock­hamp­ton and then to Air­lie Beach.

The team will be joined by plenty of fa­mous faces along the way and view­ers will get to meet Aus­tralians with re­mark­able sto­ries from the beau­ti­ful places they call home.

Tim said he ab­so­lutely loved this part of the world and had spent time here on more than one oc­ca­sion.

“(Dur­ing) my hol­i­days af­ter Year 12 and the first hol­i­days out of univer­sity, me and a few mates did a driv­ing trip from Syd­ney to Port Dou­glas over two months at a time,” he said.

“Back then we trav­elled through the is­lands and camped mostly, snorkelling, swim­ming and just lap­ping up the beauty of the place.”

Tim said he hoped to bring his wife and three chil­dren to the re­gion for a hol­i­day some­time soon.

With the Air­lie Beach visit fall­ing on the same day as the first State of Ori­gin game, Tim said he would be on en­emy grounds be­cause “as many peo­ple know I am very proud New South Wales Blue”.

Lo­cals are in­vited to dress in their Ori­gin colours to mark the oc­ca­sion.

Photo: Sup­plied by Chan­nel 9.

ON LO­CA­TION: The To­day show is com­ing to re­gional Queens­land from Mon­day, May 30. The crew, from left, Stevie Ja­cobs, Sylvia Jef­freys, Karl Ste­fanovic, Lisa Wilkin­son, Tim Gil­bert and Richard Wilkins.

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