Push to revive Karnak
LOCAL artist Davvyd Brown has issued a challenge to the community to pitch in and help save Karnak Theatre in the Whyanbeel Valley.
Karnak, the “theatre in the rainforest” created by Diane Cilento, was directly in the firing line when Cyclone Yasi swept through North Queensland nearly two months ago.
“We can’t lose Karnak,” Mr Brown said.
“As a community, we need to help each other and Diane has given so much to the community over the years. I really think it’s time to give something back.”
Mr Brown said he had contacted several builders to line up professional assistance for a weekend working bee to tackle some of the heavy lifting.
Hundreds of trees on the property were uprooted or snapped, and the shade-sail over the theatre itself was ripped to shreds.
Ms Cilento, who created the Karnak theatre in the 1980s to bring professional theatre to the Douglas region, said there was certainly plenty of work to do to get the theatre back on its feet.
“It’s like a marathon,” Ms Cilento said.
“There are eight huge piles of timber lying around, and it’s still too wet to have a fire.
“We’ve fixed a lot of the fence, but there are still a few stretches that need repairing.
“The cover over the theatre has been completely destroyed, and we need new seating.”
State MP for Cook Jason O’Brien is believed to be seeking assistance from the State Government to replace the shade-sail.
Mr Brown said the working bee will take place in a few weeks, possibly the first weekend of May.
Repair job: Davvyd Brown and Diane Cilento get started