Push to re­vive Kar­nak

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

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.

Photo by NEIL WEAVERS

Re­pair job: Davvyd Brown and Diane Ci­lento get started

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