A chance to cap­i­talise on V8s pub­lic­ity

Townsville Bulletin - - OPINION -

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.

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