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Three high profile members of the Whitsunday community got together last week to judge entries in the SOF foreshore design competition. And congratulations go to the following winners!

First Prize, Val Kelder
Second Prize, Val Howland
Third Prize, Dot Smith and
Childrens Prize Marina Van Blarcom

Entries arrived on disks, as drawings, letters and diagrams and, according to the judges, were of a high standard and produced several interesting ideas. The amphitheatre was an element in most entries and a number of people incorporated a childrens' water park in their submissions. In all cases the ideas reflected the need for the area to be used for community recreation and fun, especially for the kids.

Val Kelder's first prize winning entry features "…a replica of the Endeavour built on the site. As Captain Cook discovered these islands on Whitsunday…" the Endeavour would be built in 3 stages linked by a walkway.

According to architect Jim Riddell "The suggestion of a fragmented Endeavour with the fragments containing all the elements of other participants i.e. soundshell, bandstand, amphitheatre, shelters, displays, gardens - the suggestion of the genteel circulation of groups through the area, and children using the spaces between the elements to create their own fun - had great merit."

Seven year old Marina van Blarcom's wonderfully vibrant drawing includes a water park, a scented garden, a fountain, a sound shell for outdoor movies and underground car parking.

Special mention was also made of Yuri Marchuk's idea for a dancing fountain. Spokesperson for SOF, Suzette Pelt said "It was really gratifying to see the community engaging with the future of their foreshore site and our thanks and congratulations go out to all who took the time to enter. This is public land and whatever goes there in the end must be for the community and satisfy community needs and desires."

Winners can collect their prizes from Katie at the Whitsunday Times office. Some form of identification will need to be shown.

Prizes courtesy of Cruise Whitsundays, Ocean Rafting, Coral Sea Resort, Fish D'Vine, Adelyn retail and Puzzles Australia.