Having it both ways
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.