Hav­ing it both ways

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - OPINION -

DOES the Far North have to ad­ver­tise to po­ten­tial tourists now that its beaches are not for swim­ming? With the of­fi­cial ad­vice from yes­ter­day’s croc fo­rum in Port Dou­glas that lo­cals and vis­i­tors not go in the wa­ter off the beaches, then we have a duty to con­vey that to our tourism mar­kets.

It seems now that as well as the sen­si­tiv­i­ties of those who ei­ther love or hate crocs, there is a com­po­nent of the cur­rent de­bate that is mostly about busi­ness – the con­flict be­tween those who rely on free-rang­ing croc­o­diles for their busi­ness op­er­a­tions, and those whose busi­nesses are be­ing dam­aged by ex­actly the same thing.

As I have writ­ten be­fore, we are try­ing to have it both ways. And there’s an­other thing — the duty of care to our vis­i­tors.

THE au­di­ence at Port Shorts’ se­cond night, on Satur­day, sur­passed last year’s and must have been an en­cour­ag­ing sign for the or­gan­is­ers, who by the way did a great job of pre­sent­ing this film fes­ti­val.

The win­ner of the open cat­e­gory, a 17-year-old from Perth, made a highly cre­ative yet co­her­ent and pol­ished short film, all by him­self at home.

It flowed nicely, was in­trigu­ing, and was al­ways sure footed and con­fi­dent.

The sound­track was so good you won­dered if the film­maker had sourced it from a good stu­dio or ar­chive some­where, ex­cept that it matched the footage so well it must have been crafted by him along with ev­ery­thing else. Which it was – talk about tal­ent. All of this points to the fes­ti­val of short films gain­ing trac­tion.

Get­ting en­tries like these – an­other one was by a Hol­ly­wood pro­fes­sional – points to the po­ten­tial of the fes­ti­val to make a name for it­self.

It de­serves the dis­trict’s sup­port as a pres­ti­gious and cre­ative arts project that gen­uinely adds to our com­mu­nity.

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