A mixed bag in a big week

Whitsunday Times - - YOUR SAY - DANE LILLING­STONE Jour­nal­ist

IT’S been a mas­sive week and I for one will be crack­ing a cold one tonight to cel­e­brate an­other edi­tion of this pa­per.

We’ve re­ceived a new coun­cil bud­get, learnt the in­ter­na­tional Clip­per race will re­turn to Air­lie Beach, and po­lice have be­gun look­ing for the body of miss­ing girl Rachel An­to­nio just up the road.

Coun­cil’s bud­get has plenty of pos­i­tives for the re­gion, namely im­por­tant air­port up­grades. But with a mas­sive loan will come a huge spike in coun­cil’s debt.

Oth­ers have asked why a $1 mil­lion+ al­lo­ca­tion for a wa­ter park in Proser­pine shouldn’t be in the re­gion’s tourism hub at Air­lie Beach.

Only time will tell how this works out.

The in­ter­na­tional Clip­per Round the World Yacht Race’s re­turn is wel­come news to a re­gion still heal­ing.

I wasn’t here the last time it vis­ited but from what I un­der­stand it will be a true fes­ti­val feel when th­ese ocean su­per­stars hit our shores.

Fi­nally, the search for Rachel An­to­nio – no mat­ter what po­lice find dur­ing their Bowen tip dig, I’m sure the fam­ily of this young girl, miss­ing for two decades, will have wel­comed the news this week.

Let’s hope they find the clo­sure they de­serve.

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