A chance to capitalise on V8s publicity
DIEHARD racing fans from across the country got their first taste of revheads heaven yesterday.
The city, transformed into an enviable street track, is a favourite among the drivers, the crews and the fans.
Offering near- perfect weather at a time when southern states are shivering, the annual pilgrimage to the Castrol EDGE Townsville 400 has become a staple on many racing calendars.
It is event season in Townsville and there are calls for a greater push to bring more attractions to the city and region.
The city will receive some of its best publicity over coming days and that publicity should be capitalised on.
We have some amazing places to visit, a welcoming community, and a region that is bountiful in beauty.
The V8s offer racing, live entertainment and a fun family day out.
But beyond the barriers there is a wider city and region with lots more to offer.
We should all welcome the visitors to our city this weekend and be loud and proud about what we have to offer.
There may be dedicated “Welcome to Townsville” ambassadors strategically placed across the city but there is no one more qualified to spruik the city than a local. Stolen guns a crime concern UNLIKE America, where having a gun is considered a right rather than a privilege, Australia has strict gun laws for good reasons.
Australian gun owners must jump through hoops just to get a licence and adhere to strict conditions to keep it.
So to hear that 56 guns have been reported stolen in just one year in Townsville is concerning. That less than half have been recovered is even more so.
If a gun is stolen from a licensee, it may already be in the hands of a criminal.
How far up the chain that firearm goes is hard to say but very few hardened criminals have firearms registered in their own names.