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Wednesday, June 19, 2024

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WELL, we have our new Mayor.

Regardless of who you voted for in the by-election, it means change is afoot, as all new leaders push for change.

Interesting times ahead for our region.

We have a Bowen resident as our Federal Member in the seat of Dawson – Andrew Willcox – and a Proserpine local as our State Member for Whitsunday, Amanda Camm.

Let’s hope this augurs well for our region on a State and Federal level moving forward.


There’s lots happening right across this wonderful region of ours.

No sooner has Airlie Beach Race Week finished than we are looking forward to the Don River Dash (September 9 to 11) and the Whitsundays Arts Festival (September 17 to 30).

The Bowman Challenge also kicks off, on September 17, bringing thousands of people to Proserpine to watch teeny tots playing rugby league!

This Saturday just gone (August 27) we have had the Country Markets and Dittman Bull Bash, both in Bloomsbury (see pics pages 19 and 27) and the Austin-Healey car club pulled into Bowen last Thursday (see pics page 15). We also have pics from Collinsville Bacon Busters on page 18.

If you are holding an event, get in touch, and we will publish the pics.

In news this week

The WN talks to Dale Last MP and also Transport and Main Roads about the Bruce Highway debacle and the fact that roadworks between Proserpine and Bowen are dragging on…and on….See stories page 3.

And lastly

There are a lot of school celebrations going on, at the moment.

Whitsunday Christian College celebrated 25 years, on Friday (August 26) – see story page 3 – and Proserpine State School is turning 125 years old, with a big celebration this Saturday, September 3 (see story page 10).

As always, thanks for reading this paper.


P.S. If you know someone who finds it hard getting to the shops each week to buy their copy of the Whitsunday News, there is now a digital flipbook version available on the website www.whitsundaynews.net.au.

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