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THE WHITSUNDAY News newspaper turned three years old, on Saturday (July 15), having been launched on Wednesday, July 15, 2020.

In some ways, it seems like just a few months ago and, in others, it‘s a ‘lifetime’ ago, so much has happened since then.

There are so many people to thank for the journey so far but one very obvious person to thank is you, the reader.

All publications live and die by their readers, without whom there is no point in publishing.

To say ‘we do it for the readers’ sounds like a bit of a cliché but it’s so true!

We also need to thank all our distributors – spread right across the region – without whom no papers would get sold.

And, of course, our advertisers, who share our vision for a local, community newspaper and have come on this journey with us.

And my loyal staff, my family and friends – especially my husband – who have supported me, encouraged me, picked me up when things seemed to be falling down around me…and celebrated all the good times with me.

Thank you everyone!


There were other businesses sharing the Whitsunday News birthday, on the weekend.

Whitsunday Catchment Landcare celebrated the 21st Birthday of its Community Native Plant Nursery, on Saturday, July 15.

The Whitsunday Community Native Plant Nursery is at 33 Kelsey Creek Road, Proserpine, and there

was a cutting of the cake, among other celebratory actions. We’ll bring you photos in next week’s

Whitsunday News.

And The Beauty Room, Airlie Beach, celebrated its 10th birthday, on Saturday – see story and photos

page 9.

So much going on

In addition to birthdays, there were a heap of events taking place on the weekend.

The Tassal Group Airlie Beach Marathon Festival took place on Saturday and Sunday – see story page 32 and more photos on page 27.

Also on Saturday, all five Whitsunday Sea Eagles teams celebrated ‘Pride Round’, at home. See photos page 18.  

And the annual ‘Horsepower Heroes’ day was back again, on Saturday, at the Whitsunday Sailing Club, Airlie Beach, raising awareness about mental health. See photos page 18.

As always, thanks for reading this newspaper.


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