Multi-pur­pose fa­cil­ity

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FEEDBACK -

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

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