I REFER to the page 3 and 5 stories in the Gazette on December 22, 2011, regarding the proposals for a film studio in Port Douglas and improved cyclone shelter.
I suggest an opportunity exists for a shared facility in Port to cater for filmmakers who need to access reasonably simple local film studio facilities for part of the year and, at the same time, to accommodate a wide range of indoor community sport and other special needs activities.
The planned Port Douglas cyclone shelter appears to have the potential to achieve both.
The cyclone shelter would always have as its prime objective the protection of residents and visitors during times of severe weather emergency - and it should be built as such - but there is no reason why the plans could not be adapted slightly to also serve the community’s tourism promotion and marketing aspirations through film and television production.
And the film studio revenue streams may actually cross-subsidise the community use of the facility in good times.
Call me a very big fool when I say well done Port Douglas on the brilliant effort you put into Christmas decorations and lights in the town this year.
Apart from the handful of shops and houses who went to the trouble - they know who they are and congratulations to them - one could be excused for not knowing there was anything going on at all.
Where have all our decorations gone? To Cairns I suppose.
And I need to have explained to me the story behind the decorations in the large tree in the park at the end of Macrossan St. I’m sorry but I just didn’t quite get it. I have had the good fortune in the past to be in Europe at Christmas and each and every town and city we visited was like a picture postcard, all dressed up for Christmas and absolutely gobsmackingly beautiful.
We couldn’t help but feel warm and fuzzy.
It occurs to me that, sadly, many people