Times are a-changing

THE Dylan Awards are changing the Whitsundays.

The 50th Dylan Award was presented to Airlie Beach Hotel owner Mark Bell last week.

The Dylan Award project is a strategic, inclusive model for people with disabilities in the Whitsundays.

Businesses and services recognised as access friendly will receive a Dylan Award to display.

This project was developed in memory of local man Dylan Smith who had cerebral palsy and passed away five years ago.

Dylan's mother Sara Scrivener gave Mr Bell the hotel's sticker.

Ms Scrivener said the project, which is headed by her sister Anna Smith, was making the Whitsundays a better place.

“To see the stickers all over the windows in Airlie Beach is great, it's lovely,” she said.

She added that it helped her deal with the hardship of losing her child.

“To have such a good cause in memory of his life is really important,” she said. “It does help, definitely.”

The other project milestone that was achieved just last month was the first Dylan Award access review of a boat, Orsum.

The state launch of Disability Action Week 2010 will be held on Saturday September 4 in Airlie Beach.

The week will officially run from Sunday 5-11.

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