Whitsunday Times - - FRONT PAGE - Inge Hansen inge.hansen@whit­sun­day­

HE wakes up with Today so it’s no won­der Daniel Thus­berg was “pleased as punch” to make his on-screen de­but when the show’s Natalia Cooper de­liv­ered the weather live from Abell Point Ma­rina yes­ter­day morn­ing.

“It’s al­ways good not to be the main star but get in there and have a bit of fun – that’s what Air­lie Beach is all about,” he said.

Mr Thus­berg showed his sup­port for the Reef Gate­way Ho­tel, which he said held a spe­cial place in his heart.

“When I first turned up here, it was the first place I went to in Air­lie Beach and it’s ex­cit­ing to pay back the town,” he said, dressed as “Su­per Dan” and for a while im­per­son­at­ing his friend Shane Cum­mins.

Whit­sun­day Reef Fes­ti­val chair­woman Margie Mur­phy was also among those who had a chance to pro­mote her cause.

The Whit­sun­day SES­sions cy­clone ben­e­fit con­cert, Salty Dog Kayak­ing, Red Cat Ad­ven­tures and Sor­rento Res­tau­rant and Bar were also given a wrap.

Hav­ing vis­ited the re­gion last year, Ms Cooper said she was pleased to be back in such a “beau­ti­ful part of the world” and was im­pressed with how far the town had come since Cy­clone Deb­bie hit in March.

“(Cy­clone Deb­bie) caused so much dev­as­ta­tion and it’s been hard for so many peo­ple in this re­gion but the amount of work that’s been done to get the area back on track is in­cred­i­ble,” she said.

Tourism Whit­sun­days CEO, Craig Turner, said the im­por­tance of get­ting na­tional ex­po­sure was es­sen­tially “a pic­ture worth a thou­sand words”.

.. The amount of work that’s been done to get the area back on track is in­cred­i­ble. — Natalia Cooper


HANDS UP: Today Show weather pre­sen­ter Natalia Cooper with Air­lie Beach lo­cals at Abell Point Ma­rina yes­ter­day morn­ing.

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