Edi­tor’s comment:

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FEEDBACK -

LOVE them or hate them, the Colling­wood Aus­tralian Rules Foot­ball king­pins cer­tainly arouse pas­sion. That much was ev­i­denced by the re­sponse the die-hard fans who tracked down the se­cre­tive vis­i­tors on their first day in Port. And it must be said that the way the players and coach Nathan Buck­ley han­dled sup­port­ers and other footy fans at the Croc pit is to be com­mended. But for the Port Dou­glas econ­omy it means much more than hav­ing a bunch of nice guys in town (ouch. . . as a Carl­ton sup­porter did I re­ally say that?). In real terms the visit by the lad­der lead­ers’ 60 strong con­tin­gent may have pumped a tidy sum into many Port busi­nesses but the knock-on ef­fect will be far greater. That ef­fect stems from the huge me­dia and pub­lic in­ter­est in any­thing the Mag­pies do. While it is hard to quan­tify an ex­act value, Port will be all over the sport pages and tele­vi­sion for the du­ra­tion of their stay. It is the kind of ad­ver­tis­ing cam­paign that sim­ply can­not be be paid for. So we hope, and should en­cour­age, that other teams from the ma­jor codes will fol­low.

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