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Deb’s column – Issue 112            Wednesday, September 14, 2022

INCLUDING puns in copy is always a risk for journalists and editors.

I did it last week – on the front cover – and wish I hadn’t!

‘Braking the Cycle’ is a Government-basked, PCYC-run scheme to help learner drivers clock up their logbook hours and pass their tests.

The writing of the work braking (instead of breaking) was fine, on page 12, where some context could be added.

But in the front-page story box, there was no context – just what looked like a spelling error. Thank you to (all) those who pointed it out!


It has been a massive weekend for the Whitsundays, with both the Don River Dash and the Fish D’vine ‘White on Whitehaven’ Long Lunch drawing thousands of people to the region.

I was not fortunate enough to go to either event this year but sincerely hope to be able to do so next year. Luckily, I have journalists – see stories page 5 and page 32.

Coming up

We have plenty of things happening right around the region.

Thursday will see an evening of beautiful music from local instrumentalists, when Proserpine State High School holds its annual Gala Concert.

Friday sees the start of the Mushroom Valley Festival, and it is also the Big Aussie BBQ, at Coral Sea Marina – to raise funds to combat prostate cancer – starting at 4.30pm.

Saturday is the start of the two-week long Whitsundays Arts Festival (see program page 21) and also, the Bowen Orchid Show is taking place, on Saturday.

The Paul Bowman (rugby league) Challenge also kicks off on Saturday, in Proserpine; and on Sunday, September 18, it’s the Whitsunday Regional Council Family Fun Day, on the Airlie Beach Foreshore, between 2pm and 7.30pm.

And lastly

It would be remiss of me not to mention the passing of Queen Elizabeth II in my column.

However, there is very little to say that has not already been said, other than to say thank you for a remarkable reign and for being such an amazing monarch, who has touched the lives of countless people.

As always, thanks for reading this paper.


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