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Wednesday, April 24, 2024

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WHAT a damp and soggy weekend it was for the Whitsundays, and continuing into the week.

Have you noticed, when you listen to the news, that we don’t just have floods, storms and rain nowadays? We have flood events, storm action and rain bombs!

I feel sorry for the organisers of all those weekend events – and there were a few, right around our region – who were compromised by the weather.

Some gamely kept going and others had to downsize or cancel but, overall, it wasn’t great.

We should, of course, be thankful that we are not being evacuated from our homes, as those in NSW are (yet again).

In other news…

The time is nearing when we must vote for our next Mayor – someone who is going to lead us (the ratepayers) and the region for the next term (all things remaining equal).

This week, we start our special ‘Meet the Mayoral Candidates’ coverage, with the same question posed to all five mayoral candidates – see pages 10 and 11.

More questions to come in future WN issues leading up to the by-election.

If we have missed anyone who is also running for Mayor, please email me and we will include you next week (editor@whitsundaynews.net.au).


In a timely reminder that COVID is not going away, there were two conflicting stories on the TV news this morning (Monday).

On the one hand, there was a story about unvaccinated overseas visitors now being allowed to enter Australia, which has to be a good thing for our tourism industry.

But the very next story was about potentially re-introducing mask mandates in Australia and, of particular interest, in Queensland (a claim that was actually refuted by the TV channel’s next ‘expert’ guest).

I think this has been part of the problem during the past two-and-a-quarter years since COVID struck, in March 2020 – misinformation, disinformation and contradiction.

Not all of it, of course, is disinformation – not by a long stretch – but even some misinformation is dangerous and potentially damaging. What do you think (editor@whitsundaynews.net.au)?

As always, thanks for reading this newspaper.


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