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AUTUMN is upon us, with the first day of the season being Wednesday, March 1.

Of course, the stereotypical image of flame-coloured trees dropping their leaves – as seen in the northern hemisphere and colder parts of Australia – does not apply in the tropics, which has its own natural rhythm.

Still, it’s an opportunity to start getting out those warmer clothes and planning the ‘cool’ wardrobe!

Lots going on

The Farmers Markets are starting up again, this Saturday, March 4.

A popular place for fruit, vegies and homemade wares, they run from 8am to 12pm, at Proserpine Health n’ Fitness, Chapman Street, Proserpine. 

They will be held the first and third Saturday of each month.

This Sunday, March 5, is Clean Up Australia Day – see our story page 12. There are lots of clean-ups happening right around the region – get involved!

And there are also lots of events happening to mark International Women’s Day (IWD), which takes place every year, on March 8.

Falling mid-week on a Wednesday this year has meant that some events are this coming weekend, while some are the following weekend.

The Whitsunday Zonta Club is holding its event this Saturday, March 4, so we’ll be able to bring you photos of that in next week’s paper (out Wednesday, March 8).

If you are holding an International Women’s Day event, please let us know by emailing news@whitsundaynews.net.au.


It was great to see industry colleagues and friends at the first Tourism Whitsundays (TW) networking event of 2023, held last Thursday night.

It was hosted by Kipara Tropical Rainforest Retreat, Jubilee Pocket, and NBN Co. with speeches from Mayor Julie Hall, TW CEO Rick Hamilton, Kipara’s Sarah Bowen, NBN Co’s Rick Hospers and TW board members Tom Young and Daniel Gschwind.

It was a very enjoyable evening – see photo!


Congratulations to Queens Beach Tourist Village, which has won a national Grey Nomad Award, for the second year running.

It’s great to have tourism operators of this calibre in our region – see story page 4.

As always, thank you for reading this newspaper.


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