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Goodies galore at Guardian fundraiser Whitsunday Coast Guardian staff (pictured above) were but a few of the local workers to get aboard one of the nation's most eagerly anticipated and tastiest fundraisers, Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea that was held last week. Gorging on a wide range of goodies, we were just one of the

estimated 6,700 Queensland hosts to be involved in the event. Organiser Katie Clift, of Cancer Council Queensland, said each year more than 21,000 Queenslanders are diagnosed with cancer and sadly, around 7,500 Queenslanders will die from the disease. “I encourage all

Queenslanders to put the kettle on and support the one in two Queenslanders who will be diagnosed with cancer by the age of 85,” she said. She said that although last Thursday, May 23, was the official national tea-party date, morning teas can be held any time throughout May or June.

In 2012 Cancer Council’s Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea smashed its fundraising target and raised a huge $12.3 million nationally, bringing the tally for two decades of tea sipping to a total of $110 million. For more information visit www.biggestmorningtea.com.au or call 1300 65 65 85.

QUEENSLAND

Window Display Competition! Queensland Week 2013 is about celebrating the communities in our region through the heart of each of the major towns! Council is calling on businesses, schools, community organisations, commercial retailers and government facilities to get on board and decorate their shop fronts to the theme of Queensland Heroes from Monday 3 June through to Saturday 8 June. Judging will occur on Queensland Day, Thursday 6 June 2013.

Awards will be allocated to the following shops and premises: • Best dressed Queensland premises (staff less than 10 and staff more than 10 )

• Peoples choice award (staff less than 10 and staff more than 10)

To enter, visit Council’s website www.whitsundayrc.qld.gov.au (go to News & Events, Queensland Week 2013) or visit any of Council’s Customer Service Centres. Anyone with enquiries should call 4761 3612.

While the cities to the south are swapping swimmers for scarves and sundaes for soup, images of the warm and welcoming Whitsundays will be blasted to Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne residents as part of an intensive 74-hour Sale campaign. The campaign will kick-off next month and is a joint venture by Whitsunday Marketing and Development Limited (WDML), Tourism and Events Queensland, Whitsunday Regional Council, Virgin Australia and tourism businesses. WMDL Chief Executive Officer Danial Rochford said the campaign was worth $305,000 and aimed to lure southern residents to the Whitsundays for winter holidays.

“We have partnered with Tourism and Events Queensland, Virgin Australia and local tourism businesses to fund this campaign,” Mr Rochford said. “Over the past five years our visitation from southern states has declined and we need to reclaim that market share back,” he said. “Winter is an excellent time to target these people while their weather is freezing and the Whitsundays remains balmy. Mr Rochford said the campaign will begin for the first time locally, asking Whitsunday residents to formally invite their friends and family in the southern state to holiday here and purchase a deal during the 74-hour Sale. The campaign will run from 10-14 June.

Transit terminal up and running Tomorrow will mark a week since opening of the new ‘Heart of the Reef’ transit terminal at the Port of Airlie. Replacing the dilapidated Coconut Grove shelter, Council’s Mayor, Jennifer Whitney, said that the transit terminal’s upgrade marks a new era of tourism infrastructure in Airlie Beach. “The new facility capitalises on Airlie Beach being the destination to visit the ‘Heart of the Reef’ and this is a theme that will begin to run across Council’s transit network,” she said. “It is imperative for transit operators, visitors and the public to be aware that the existing shelter located on Coconut Grove in Airlie Beach, will no longer be in operation from this date for scheduled services. Cruise ship arrivals, however, will continue to operate from the Coconut Grove terminal until further notice,” she said.

“Council will be erecting signage in various locations in Airlie Beach to direct people to the new transit facility,” she said. “Although the location has changed, all scheduled bus service times will remain unchanged.” The new facility includes entry bays for eight coaches, 10 mini-bus parking spaces and more than 10 taxis as well as car parking, toilets and waiting areas. The facility has been designed to allow people to easily transition to and from the centre of town by car, taxi or coach, enjoy the Port of Airlie and connect to the Whitsunday Coast Airport and Shute Harbour Ferry terminal for ease of access to the Whitsunday islands. Anyone with enquiries regarding the new transit facility should contact Whitsunday Regional Council help desk on 4945 0200.

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IN BRIEF Review cost Figures released in the Whitsunday Regional Council’s most recent ordinary meeting agenda have revealed an $851,313.75 price tag for an organisational review of efficiency and effectiveness. The review was called on in May last year to examine Council’s organisational arrangements and their effect on the operational effectiveness and service delivery of Council, including recommendations for change and an implementation timeline. The review itself, conducted by Australian Workplace Strategies and Parke Lawyers, cost taxpayers a total $111,449. The presentation of the review on 4 September 2012 cost Council $98,882, with recruitment costs adding an additional $152,532.25 to the bill. Implementation of the recommendations totalled $488,450.50 in cost.

Deputy Mayor Councillor Andrew Willcox (Division 6) is the new Deputy Mayor for the Whitsunday Regional Council after being elected at last Wednesday’s meeting in Collinsville. Previously, the position had been held by Cr Peter Ramage who was selected in May 2012, with Council resolving to review the position in 12 months’ time. Cr Willcox was elected unopposed with Cr Kevin Collins moving an amendment to review the position in six months’ time and exclude any additional remuneration. However, the move was defeated 2/5 with Crs K Collins and Clifford voting to support the amendment. A second amendment was also made by Cr K Collins to continue the term of deputy mayor for 12 months but exclude the annual remuneration. The second amendment was also defeated. As deputy mayor, Cr Willcox will receive an additional $10,543, annual remuneration, from $59,746 to $70,289. The paper people choose to buy

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