Fun day’s a chance for run­way rev­el­ling

Whitsunday Times - - CHILL -

EVER wanted to sit in the cock­pit of a Rus­sian World War Two plane, cy­cle with a Par­a­lympic gold medal­list or ride your push bike, skate­board or scooter on an air­port run­way?

Well, fam­i­lies will have the chance to do all of the above at the Whit­sun­day Coast Air­port’s Fun Day on the Run­way on July 29 to cel­e­brate the start of the $40 mil­lion run­way and ter­mi­nal up­grade.

The free com­mu­nity event will be unique, with fun ac­tiv­i­ties, in­clud­ing an aer­o­batic per­for­mance by CQ Ad­ven­ture Flights.

Whit­sun­day Re­gional Coun­cil mayor Andrew Will­cox will also be there to turn the first sod to kick off the run­way up­grade.

“I en­cour­age all the com­mu­nity to bring their bean bags, rugs and chairs for a great night of fam­ily en­ter­tain­ment in­clud­ing a jump­ing cas­tle, food trucks, face paint­ing and the movie Zootopia on an in­flat­able big screen,” he said.

The event will also host the pre­miere screen­ing of the re­gional video Our Whit­sun­day: Our Utopia, which is a new ini­tia­tive of coun­cil.

“We have a spe­cial per­mit to host the event on the run­way and sur­rounds and it will be a once in a life­time op­por­tu­nity for fam­i­lies to wan­der the run­way, ex­plore vin­tage bi­planes and watch a movie on the big screen un­der the stars next to the run­way apron,” Cr Will­cox said.

The free com­mu­nity event will run from 4.30-9pm and fea­ture a cri­terium multi-lap bike race on the run­way with two time Par­a­lympic gold medal­list David Ni­cholas tak­ing on cy­clists from Townsville, Mackay and Rock­hamp­ton.

PHOTO: GREG MARTIN

RUN­WAY EVENT: Mayor Andrew Will­cox on the Whit­sun­day Coast Air­port run­way last week.

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