Directory keeps on giving
MEMBERS of the local Rotary clubs want to say a big thank you to the businesses of the Whitsundays for supporting the My Whitsunday phone guide of 2016.
The guide, currently being distributed by Rotary, has been a 31-year-long project for the Rotarians of Proserpine and Airlie Beach.
Airlie Beach Rotary president Fred Dixon said November 14 would be the official release date, with stalls at the markets and shopping centres distributing the guides.
"All the proceeds from the advertising in the phone guide go back into the community," Mr Dixon said.
"I can't give you this year's figure yet, but last year we raised $60,000 from the phone guide - all of which went back into the community through sports groups, (the) Volunteer Marine Rescue, Reef Festival and more."
Proceeds also go towards equipment for local hospitals, nursing homes and youth groups.
Mr Dixon said the guide focused on the local area and was relevant for a lot of people, "particularly for the business side of it".
He said Rotarians also wanted the community to know the guide was available in print, online and in mobile formats.
He said it was produced and published locally, with no external funding assistance or outsourcing of work.
The guide is also produced according to the ethics of Rotary International, which include: "Is it the truth, is it fair to all concerned, will it build goodwill and better friendships and will it be beneficial to all concerned?"
Rotary always welcomes new members for the Airlie Beach and Proserpine branches.
For more information see the inside cover of the phone directory.