Whitfunday a success

WONDERFUL weather on Sunday gave the Dingo Beach community a boost, with at least 1000 people from as far away as Townsville and Mackay converging on the foreshore for Whitfunday.

According to organisers, this year's Whitfunday was as successful as last year's with a significant amount of money raised for the Dingo Beach Progress Association's current project, a community centre.

Stage one of the community centre is expected to cost about $160,000 when it goes ahead later in the year and Whitfunday Organiser Wayne Ripper said the community's great support for the day would go a long way to paying for it.

“We've been putting money aside for the community centre for five or six years now and days like Whitfunday have really been supported by the wider community,” Mr Ripper said.

He said the community centre would be a wonderful facility and would be used for things like craft work, clubs, youth clubs, meetings and social activities.

Whitfunday involved about 80 volunteers in a huge effort to make the day a success.

Popular aspects of the day included the kids' races and games on the beach, the rides and sideshows, the 50 stores selling various items and the huge seafood raffle.

Adding to the charitable, community feel of the day was Dianna Lawlor from Mount Julian who won the $1000 lucky door prize and immediately donated half of it back to the Dingo Beach Progress Association.


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