WE TURN two years old with this issue of the Whitsunday News newspaper.
It was actually Wednesday, July 15, 2020, when we drove to Proserpine at 4am in the dark and freezing cold to pick up our first newspapers, not having the slightest clue what 2,000 newspapers would look like!
Would they fit in the car? Who knew! We thought – hoped – they would. If not, we’ll hire a van, we thought. There’s always Plan B.
And that’s probably one of the biggest lessons I have learnt running the paper for the past two years…have a Plan B, and a Plan C and even a Plan D!
Thank you everyone for being a part of our amazing journey.
To all our readers, thanks for your loyalty and please keep engaging with us – we really want to know what you think.
To all our loyal advertisers, who believe in the ‘power of the press’ and the strength of a local community paper, and all our distributors, who didn’t hesitate two years ago to start selling the paper for us – thank you.
Thanks to our columnists and contributors, who turn in their ‘words of wisdom’ and their sports reports every week and, of course, our team, without whom there would be no paper. You are all amazing.
In other news
If you thought the past week’s been cold, then you’d better brace yourself!
According to reports at the start of the week, it’s going to get (even) colder, on Thursday and Friday.
Let’s hope the State of Origin decider tonight (Wednesday, July 13) can warm us up a bit. Hot dogs anyone?
The Whitsunday Coast Chamber of Commerce’s ‘Meet the Candidates’ forum has been postponed.
The Electoral Commission Queensland (ECQ) is yet to officially call the election of Whitsunday Mayor.
In order to ensure the integrity of the event, the chamber has decided to postpone it until all potential candidates have been nominated and endorsed by ECQ.
We look forward to it when it does happen. How the next few years pan out is going to be crucial to our post-COVID recovery, both economically and also for people’s wellbeing and mental health.
As always, thanks for reading this newspaper.