FES­TI­VAL NEEDS SUP­PORT

Whitsunday Times - - FRONT PAGE - Inge Hansen inge.hansen@whit­sun­day­times.com.au

IT’S one of the big­gest an­nual events on the Airlie Beach cal­en­dar but this year the Whit­sun­day Reef Fes­ti­val needs your help.

The fes­ti­val, which will run from Au­gust 3–6, is low on funds af­ter Trop­i­cal Cy­clone Deb­bie set plan­ning back by a cou­ple of months.

Fes­ti­val chair­per­son Margie Mur­phy said it was a “chicken and egg” sit­u­a­tion.

“We can only put on what we pay for,” she said.

Ms Mur­phy said with the lack of fund­ing the fes­ti­val com­mit­tee was strug­gling to con­firm the num­ber of mu­si­cians and bands to play on the Beach Mu­sic Stage.

“We nor­mally have about 10 dif­fer­ent acts through­out the events,” she said.

“The main acts draw a lot of peo­ple (to the fes­ti­val), es­pe­cially from out of town.

“We do have some high-qual­ity per­form­ers set to take the stage but we’re un­able to make any for­mal an­nounce­ments.”

The pop­u­lar Revvin’ the Reef Car Show, Fire­works on the Fore­shore, street pa­rade and Tel­stra Fam­ily Fun Day are among the events that will still go ahead.

How­ever due to la­goon re­pairs, the Re­cy­clable Re­gatta will not be held.

To get in­volved phone Ms Mur­phy on 0418 155 542 or email sec­re­tary@ whit­sun­dayre­effes­ti­val. com.au.

PHOTO: SHARON SMALL­WOOD

BRIGHT: The Fire­works on the Fore­shore will go ahead at this year's Whit­sun­day Reef Fes­ti­val.

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