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WHAT A great (long) weekend it was at ‘the beach’ over the past four days, with the Great Barrier Reef Festival taking place from Thursday to Sunday.

I sincerely hope that residents from throughout the region attend each year as it really is a fantastic event. What’s more, it’s run by volunteers, and Margie Murphy and her team all deserve medals.

We are now just a day away from Airlie Beach Race Week (ABRW), which is another big crowd-puller for the Whitsundays, with not just sailors arriving to compete but also their families and friends, all eager to enjoy themselves while here.

It’s events such as these that put us on the map, so please get out and support them in any way you can. There are heaps of onshore activities for ABRW – see story page 3.


The region saw one of its worst crimes in living history, last week, with the slaughter of three much-loved people.

We will let the courts, and our justice system, do what they do, and not hypothesise, but our thoughts are with the victims’ families and friends, at an incredibly difficult time.

Mayoral race

Boy, are things heating up with the Mayoral race!

As we head to the polls, this Saturday, there are still six candidates to choose from.

That is a lot of different opinions, expertise and goals, from a diverse group of people, all hoping to lead this region.

Some people go with their ‘gut’ when voting, other people like to do research.

If you’re in the latter group, we have posted our mayoral candidates’ responses, to the questions posed in this newspaper over four weeks, on our website – www.whitsundaynews.net.au.

And lastly

Vale Olivia Newton-John.

It’s a name that needs no explaining, as the Aussie singer with the sweet voice, first took on Australia, and then the world.

She sang with superstars and acted with Hollywood heavyweights. She also battled cancer in a very brave way, leaving a lasting legacy for other cancer sufferers. What a woman.

As always, thanks for reading this newspaper.


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