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QUEENSLAND Day seemed to be well celebrated across the region, despite not many people knowing much about it beforehand!

Queensland Day is an annual celebration, marking the state’s birthday (the day it became a separate state).

On Saturday, the Bowen Gumlu Growers Association hosted the Queensland Day ‘Flavours of Bowen’ Festival, at the Bowen Soundshell and Foreshore.

The event was also supported by Whitsunday Regional Council and Bowen Tourism and Business and highlighted the fantastic food and produce originating from the region, with more than 2,000 attendees enjoying the day out.

See our story page 3.

And on Sunday, community members gathered at the Proserpine Entertainment Centre to celebrate Queensland Day, at an event hosted by Whitsunday Regional Council.

There was live music, a foam disco, sky-high circus jam and circus workshop, facepainting, jumping castle and hair braiding!

As well as plenty of DIY workshops for people to partake in. See our story page 5.


On a serious note, the apparent national vaping addiction is getting well and truly out of control, with the vast majority of people seemingly completely unaware of the toxic ingredients in the vapes.

It’s great that both the Federal and State Governments are now cracking down but my question is…how on earth did these vile contraptions get sold in the first place?

Who approved them to be sold, when they contain so many harmful substances?

How many people – including children – have been damaged beyond repair by vaping?

It’s all very well to come in now and say ‘we’re cracking down’ but why on earth were they approved in the first place?


What about a Kentucky Fried Chicken outlet coming to Cannonvale? See our story page 3.

I don’t eat much ‘fast’ food – not much at all really – but I do like a bit of KFC when I’m in the mood.

I was quite jealous when I saw Bowen’s shiny new outlet go up last year!

But now they’re coming to Cannonvale – watch out – what’s going to be next? 

As always, thanks for reading this newspaper.


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