A mixed bag in a big week
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.