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BTB Newsletter July 2019
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READY SET... RACE!

It's the fastest race on NO wheels - that's right, it's time for the 2019 Bowen Offshore Superboats !!

Revving into gear over the 20th & 21st of July, Bowen is set to turn things up a notch with Round 2 of the Australian Offshore Superboats Championship coming to town. 
It's set to be weekend full of action for the whole family. Catch the Abbot Point Operations Superboats racing action from a range of viewing locations. Pack a picnic and head to Bowen's foreshore, set up on the grass in the shade, get nice and close to the action on the NQBP Jetty or head to the top of Flagstaff Hill for a bird's eye view!
There's loads of activity happening on Starboard drive - Tomato stompin' comp' action and more on Saturday and don't forget to bring the kids for the North Queensland Bulk Ports Family Fun Day on Sunday!
PLUS Motorkhana action -  Triple M Street Festival - Live Entertainment - Market Stalls - AND MORE
Grab your weekend guide at The Big Mango Info Centre - Foreshore Info Booth - of online HERE
NEWS, VIEWS AND RENDEZVOUS
LEAVING NO FOOTPRINTS

Be part of our exciting 'Leaving no Footprints' project!
Do you care about our environment, community and sharing our stories with visitors? Why not put your hand up to be a volunteer guide or assistant for the Leaving no Footprints project in conjunction with this year's Walk to the Lighthouse? The project involves a range of environmental, educational and tourism related activities and is being developed and delivered by BTB & the Bowen Burdekin LMAC. We are currently seeking EOI from local community members interested in being part of the project in a volunteer role.
Contact communications@tourismbowen.com.au for more information!

The “Leaving No Footprints” Bowen’s Reef Interaction Education Program is funded by the partnership between the Australian Government’s Reef Trust and the Great Barrier Reef Foundation.
 
OPPORTUNITIES
TEQ QDEP FUNDING

A new round of funding through TEQ's Queensland Destination Events Program (QDEP) is now open. Event organisers can apply for grants of up to $100,000 per year for events taking place in Queensland between May 2020 - May 2021.
 
Don't miss your opportunity to grow and develop your event - applications close on Wednesday, 2 October 2019.

BOWEN IN THE MEDIA
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Sunrise, sunset, sunrise, sunset...
Did you know - Bowen's the little beach beauty on the East Coast where you can get the most amazing sunrises AND sunsets over sea... definitely worth staying the night to catch both shows!
How well do you think you know Bowen? Can you pick which is a sunrise, and which ones are sunsets?
📷 Mark Fitz Photography

#visitbowen #lovewhitsundays
#visitbowen

Yes, this is 'Winter' in our neck of the woods 🌴
If you are ready to swap jumpers for jumping in to this amazing water, you need to #visitbowen, stat.

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EVENTS
GREYS ON THE BAY
Where: Bowen Soundshell
Date: Wednesday, July 17, 2019
When: 6pm - 9pm.
Free community Event - Everyone's invited!
Join Whitsunday Regional Council to thank all the visitors who regularly holiday and support our beautiful town. Free live entertainment, food for purchase. BYO Drinks, Chairs / Blankets.
PIT PONY FESTIVAL
Where: Collinsville Showgrounds
Date:
Saturday, July 20, 2019
When: 9:00am - 12:00pm
Celebrating the mining industry and more in the Whitsunday's 'Outback' 
ABBOT POINT OPERATIONS SUPERBOATS WEEKEND
July 19th - 21st
Featuring Round 2 of the Australian Offshore Superboats Championship, NQBP Family Fun Day, Whitsunday Sporting Car Club Motorkhana, Tomato Stomp Competition, Triple M Street Festival AND MORE

Check out the weekend action guide HERE
CRUISE WHITSUNDAYS AIRLIE BEACH RUNNING FESTIVAL
Date: 21st July
Where: Airlie Beach 
BOOK: www.runairlie.com.au
Run in paradise - Full Marathon, Half Marathon, Relay / 10 / 5 / 2 & 1km fun run / kids events 
 
MELBOURNE CUP TOUR - BOWEN
Date: 25th July
Where: Bowen - various locations
Now in its 17th year, the Melbourne Cup Tour has travelled more than 600,000 kilometres and visited more than 450 destinations, providing communities with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience the magic of the Lexus Melbourne Cup!!
Last year the $200,000 trophy travelled to a record 37 destinations across five countries, including first time locations South Korea, Ireland and the United Kingdom - and now thanks to Evolution Mining it's on it's way to Bowen!
This year marks the 100 year anniversary of the ‘Loving Cup’ design, with each of the three handles on the cup representing the winning horse‘s owner, trainer and jockey.
Evolution Mining’s local Mt Carlton operation produced the gold used in this year’s trophy and they are very proud to be a part of Australia’s racing history.

Ben Bolt Park & Bowen Turf Club will host the 2019 Lexus Melbourne Cup from 12.30 pm, 25th July, Come along and see this iconic sporting trophy for yourself - complimentary tea, coffee and afternoon tea provided - and grab a selfie with the Cup!!
 

The Grandview Hotel Melbourne Cup evening event is a FREE event hosted by the Whitsunday Shire Council and Evolution Mining, with drinks and canapes provided. Meet special guests from the Victoria Racing Club, including former foreman of Bart Cummings, Joe Agresta.
Raffle tickets will be available on the night with all proceeds donated to the local Children’s Chemotherapy Ward recently added to the Bowen Hospital. RSVP's essential - email name, contact details & number of guests to: julie.evans@evolutionmining.com.au
 
MAYOR'S ANNUAL CHARITY BALL
Date: 27th July 2019
When: 6pm till late
Where: Queen's Beach Tennis Club
Dress Code: Black Tie
BOOK: www.whitsundaytickets.com.au
All proceeds donated to RACQ CQ Rescue
BEN BOLT CUP
Date: 10th August
When: Gates open 11am
Where: Ben Bolt Park - Flemington Road Bowen
More info, table & marquee bookings: Email bowenturfclub@bigpond.com
5 local races, hobby horse races, tomato carting and more!
SAVE THE DATE
There's more than just beaches on offer at the Top of the Whitsundays! Perfect weather and outdoor venues make Bowen the place to be for events this year - mark these upcoming events on your calendar!

23rd August: Bottoms Family Camp Out at Bowen River Hotel
Raising funds for Crohn's Disease & Ulcerative Colitis with some great outback family fun.

23rd - 27th August: Bowen Annual Art Exhibition
Admire the depth of artwork inspired by the region featuring local and visiting artists. 
Workshops: 24 & 25/8/19 Penelope Gilbert Ng Pastels over watercolour portrait workshop, 
26 & 27/8/19 Penelope Gilbert Ng mixed media  workshop.

31st August 2019: Bowen's Walk to the Lighthouse 
The focus for 2019's event will be education, with a focus on engagement and shared experiences. Come and learn more about the reef, our marine environment, and our impact and responsibility... along with a good dash of fun and cheer!

6th - 9th September 2019: Queensland Endurance Riders Association State Championships
A wonderful weekend of Endurance riding and camping in the Whitsundays! 160km State Championship ride as well as an Elevated 120km Endurance ride and a 40km Intermediate ride on offer over the weekend. Spectators and volunteers are welcome alongside participants. Contact the Event organisers for more information.

21st-22nd September 2019: Bowen Family Fishing Classic and Wet Weekend is the biggest family fishing competition in the country. Held along Bowen's Front Beach at the Soundshell and Festival Park, the event not only offers anglers the chance to compete for a host of fantastic prizes - it provides the whole family with the opportunity to play and be entertained over an entire weekend at the Top of the Whitsundays. 
 
BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT
SHIIFT 

Think Tank for Business Owners – join our multi-industry brain-storming group to supercharge your business. Topics include: Risk Management, Where’s the Opportunity, Increasing Revenue & Decreasing Overheads, Managing People, & many more. 17th July @ Lure, 5-7pm

MBTI – Personality Workshop; learn how to work alongside the many different personalities in your workplace. 19th July 9-11:30am @ Lure.

Time Management Workshop – 26th July; 9-11:30am @ Lure.
 
FROM OUR MEMBERS

WHITSUNDAY JET SKI TOURS
Whitsunday Jetski Tours has been recognised as the #1 Tourism Experience in Australia on TripAdvisor in the 2019 Travellers’ Choice Awards. This award is the highest honour TripAdvisor presents based on reviews and opinions from travellers of Australia’s top bookable experiences.  Not only did the team win the top spot on an Australian level, but were also announced as #5 in the Top 10 Experiences in the whole of the South Pacific!

ISLAND GATEWAY
Stay longer in paradise! Guests staying 21 or more nights in a site* will get a 5% discount, and guests staying for 28 or more nights on a site* will be given a 10% discount.
*T&C's apply, sites only, not cabins, subject to availability
Need a getaway? Stay in Island Gateway's refurbished  StandAlone cabins - midweek specials available. Check out their website for availiblity and more!
SHINGLEY BEACH RESORT
    

Shingley Beach Resort are excited to welcome their new manager Kelly and her 4 legged offsider Kai to our family!  Please be sure to come say hello and take advantage of our local accommodation discounts for those special occasions.

www.shingleybeachresort.com 

AIRLIE ADRENALIN ADVENTURES
Airlie Beach’s premier adventure activity operators, multi-award winning Whitsunday Jetski Tours, Ocean Rafting and Whitsunday Segway Tours have been wrapped into a range of combos offering guests the ultimate Whitsunday experiences! The Airlie Adrenalin Adventures packages make the most of your time in the Whitsundays, bundled into special offers to provide an exciting Whitsunday adventure, both on and off the water!

MANTARAY CHARTERS
All in one day - Whitehaven Beach, Hill Inlet Lookout, Snorkelling or Scuba - Visit the Whitsundays most pristine locations – beautiful Whitehaven Beach, the amazing lookout at Hill Inlet - Discover a myriad of colourful corals and tropical fish. Scuba dive and snorkel in this fascinating marine wonderland, lie on the spacious sun-deck, swim in the aqua-blue waters or simply feel the sand between your toes. It’s yours to enjoy. Call or email to find out more!
HAMILTON ISLAND
Our regional neighbours said they loved it, so we listened! – Hamilton Island’s incredibly enticing ‘Exclusive Regional Offer’ has now been extended through until 16 August 2019. Take advantage of complimentary return ferry transfers, a $50 Food & Beverage Voucher per night & a free room upgrade if you stay for at least two nights. T&C’s apply.’
MAGNETIC ISLAND FERRIES
In conjunction with the Townsville V8 Supercars street race, Magnetic Island Ferries sponsored a real 2019 Ford Mustang V8 to travel to Magnetic Island!
The V8 mustang travelled over the car ferry to the tropical paradise to meet and greet residents at local tourism hot spot Horseshoe Bay.
MACKAY OCEANSIDE
Located close to the heart of Mackay and a short distance to the airport - the Winner of the best hotel in Mackay 2017 as awarded by Trip Advisor, Hotels.com and Trivago.
Relax and stretch out in the spacious suites all with luxurious king-sized or twin beds. Enjoy a meal at our inhouse restaurant and relax by the pool.
Taking part in the Beach to Gardens Charity Fun Run weekend 27-28 July? Take advantage of Mackay Oceanside's special promo rate.
ADRENALIN SNORKEL & DIVE

It is that time of the year to start planning for your work’s Christmas parties! Stuck for ideas or want to try something new? Why not charter a boat for some fun on the water. We offer boat charters from three hours onwards, perfect for your business’s Christmas party! Click here to find out more!
REEF HQ AQUARIUM
Big thumbs up to our members Reef HQ Aquarium! In July they took big steps to reduce their waste by:
•    Installing a water refill station.
•    Stopped stocking drinks that have a straw attached.
•    Eliminated takeaway coffee cups.
To see how you can help the reef, and reef-fuse single use plastics, visit Reef HQ Aquarium for more information.  
By George 

Tax relief for Bowen and beyond

Bowen folk were among the 68,000-plus low and middle income earners in the Dawson electorate who began to receive immediate tax relief last week. The Coalition Government’s better tax system ensures low and middle income earners in Bowen will keep more of what they earn and have more money in their pockets. This will ultimately boost household consumption, which will be good for the overall economy. Those earning up to $126,000 will receive up to $1,080, and dual income couples will receive up to $2,160. The tax package provides a further $158 billion in tax relief, building on the already legislated Personal Income Tax Plan that we announced in the 2018-19 Budget. The Government has also locked in the benefits of low and middle income tax relief by increasing the top threshold of the 19 cents in the dollar tax bracket from $41,000 to $45,000 and by increasing the low income tax offset from $645 to $700 in 2022-23. In combination with the legislated removal of the 37 per cent tax bracket in 2024-25, the Government is delivering structural reform to the tax system by reducing the 32.5 cents in the dollar tax rate to 30 cents in the dollar. Together, these tax relief measures will create a flatter and better tax system that will improve incentives for the hard workers of our region. It will also ensure that 94 per cent of Australians will face a marginal tax rate no higher than 30 cents in the dollar in 2024-25


Authorised by Federal Member for Dawson George Christensen, 2/21 Milton St, Mackay Qld 4740. PH: 4944 0662  www.georgechristensen.com.au
 
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