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Sunday, May 19, 2024

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WELL, the shows don’t disappoint each year, with both Bowen and Proserpine (Show Whitsunday) pulling in large crowds.

There’s always such a lot of entertainment going on that they really are a crowd pleaser for the whole family, from art to bumper cars, and everything in between!

Hats off to the organisers – the committee members who work tirelessly, behind the scenes, all year long.

We celebrate you on our front page this week.

Lifeline thrown

The Bowen Jetty has been given a vital cash injection, thanks to a $50m contribution from the Queensland Government – see story page 3.

If anyone has not yet walked along that jetty for a weekend stroll amongst nature at its finest, then do yourself a favour and combine it with lunch at the Grandview Hotel or Bird’s Fish Bar, for a splendid afternoon.

Despite the jetty being used as a wharf, the waters around it are still pristine and I, for one, would love to see it turned into some kind of amenity for locals and tourists.

And lastly

We have quite a ‘green’ issue this week with our coral planting story and news of the extension of the Ngaro Walking Trail on our islands (both stories page 9).

I do feel a sense of returning back to the pre-devastation levels of a pre–Cyclone Debbie Whitsundays.

It’s now six years since TCD and nature can take her time but ultimately nature will prevail…if we let it.

And I think that’s the clue from a human perspective.

We need to allow Mother Nature to thrive…and regenerate…and grow, which is what she does best.

Good on those tourism operators who went out there and helped to plant the coral fragments and help regenerate our corals.

As always, thanks for reading this paper.


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