Fireworks for Airlie on NYE
AIRLIE'S New Year's Eve is sure to go off with a bang thanks to the efforts of numerous businesses and organisations who have now raised the funds for two fireworks displays.
Reef Festival committee chair Jeff Aquilina confirmed funding had been secured and council permission obtained for fireworks displays at 9pm and midnight.
The money was raised in just two days after the community realised last week that there were no plans for fireworks following a story that was published in the Whitsunday Times.
"The majority of feedback was simply 'you can't have New Year's Eve without fireworks'," Mr Aquilina said.
"It's really humbling to get the money raised within two days. It's good to see the community spirit is still out there," he said.
Mr Aquilina thanked the Reef Festival Committee, Airlie Action Group, Whitsunday Regional Council and Tourism Whitsundays for their efforts in resurrecting the community's special night.
Tourism and Enterprise Whitsundays chief executive Peter O'Reilly said this was fantastic news for Airlie Beach.
"Airlie Beach is widely known as a great place to celebrate New Year's Eve, and obviously fireworks are an important part of that," he said.
"The event brings thousands of visitors to town which is a big and very welcome contribution to our local economy."
"It's fantastic to see businesses coming together so quickly and so generously to make sure the fireworks could happen and we thank all the sponsors for that."