From the edi­tor's desk

Whitsunday Times - - WHITSUNDAY VIEWS - Sharon Small­wood Edi­tor

WE’VE had an­other ac­tion-packed news week in the Whit­sun­days, with ev­ery­thing from tele­vi­sion shows, to health scares com­ing to our towns.

In re­la­tion to the for­mer, a big con­grat­u­la­tions to Mrs Jen­nifer Knight, the Whit­sun­day Chris­tian Col­lege teacher who cel­e­brated 50 years in her pro­fes­sion with a na­tional broad­cast on Chan­nel 7’s Sun­rise pro­gram last week.

As for the latter, there’s no doubt mos­quito-borne viruses like Dengue and now Zika are an is­sue for us here in the trop­ics.

And any­one who’s preg­nant and liv­ing in the Cannonvale and Bowen streets in­spected in the past few days would cer­tainly have cause for con­cern.

How­ever, it’s been par­tic­u­larly en­cour­ag­ing to see the way our health ser­vice has han­dled this lat­est event.

In Cannonvale alone, 140 prop­er­ties have been in­spected and 64 of those sprayed.

Res­i­dents who were home at the time had the op­por­tu­nity to ask ques­tions of the in­spec­tion teams and those who weren’t home found in­for­ma­tion fact sheets and con­tact de­tails left at their doors.

Un­for­tu­nately, Queens­land Health tells us test­ing to con­firm the virus could still take some time – but it’s good to know an im­me­di­ate ac­tion plan has al­ready been put in place.

On a fi­nal note, many of you have taken to our Face­book page to leave your com­ments about Air­lie’s ‘starfish round­about’, which was con­creted over last week.

There are ob­vi­ously a lot of peo­ple pas­sion­ate about the town and what they would like to see at the en­trance to Air­lie Beach.

Rest as­sured, we’ll be fol­low­ing up.

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