Mick’s pub bars mo­bile phones

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - JOHN AN­DER­SEN john. an­der­sen@ news. com. au

MC KI N L A Y ’ S Wa lk a b o u t Creek Ho­tel pub­li­cans Frank and Deb­bie Wust have de­clared their pub a mo­bile­phone- free zone.

This is Crocodile Dundee coun­try. Frank and Deb­bie have de­creed that there is to be only one form of com­mu­ni­ca­tion inside the pub and that is ver­bal.

“We want peo­ple to talk to each other. We don’t want them sit­ting at the bar tex­ting and talk­ing on their mo­biles,” Deb­bie said.

They said that be­ing “old school”, ac­tor Paul Ho­gan, who played Mick Dundee, would heartily ap­prove of the mo­bile phone ban.

The ban is a pre- emp­tive strike on their part. A Tel­stra tower is about to be erected in the Lands­bor­ough High­way town 107km south of Clon­curry as part of the Fed­eral Govern­ment’s mo­bile phone black spot pro­gram.

But, be­fore every­one gets too ex­cited, Frank and Deb­bie want to put it out there that when it comes to Mick Dundee’s favourite wa­ter­ing hole, it’s a case of “leave your phone at home son, don’t bring your phones to town ( with apolo­gies to Johnny Cash)”.

It’s not as if they are an­ti­mo­bile phones. They think that hav­ing a tower in the town will be a gi­ant step for­ward for McKin­lay’s pop­u­la­tion of 20.

“We are used to peo­ple talk­ing in the bar and hav­ing a good time. We want that to con­tinue. We talk here, we don’t text. If peo­ple want to make a phone call they can go out­side. That’s not too much to ask, is it?” Deb­bie said.

Even though the first Crocodile Dundee movie was made 31 years ago, it still res­onates to­day, even with mil­len­ni­als who see the movie on DVD.

Pil­grims travel enor­mously long dis­tances to pay ho­mage to Mick Dundee. Last year two Euro­pean back­pack­ers drove their van out from Townsville, a dis­tance of 863km just so they could have a beer at “Mick’s pub”.

And then there was the man from Eng­land who came out in Fe­bru­ary this year af­ter plan­ning the trip for five years.

“He spent the 12 months be­fore he came out mes­sag­ing us on Face­book about how he would get here when he and his wife ar­rived,” Deb­bie said.

“They loved it. Frank took him for a drive in the Dundee truck and he had a few beers at the bar. His wife told me he’d been talk­ing about it for five years. She was wor­ried that he would be dis­ap­pointed, but he loved it and so did she.”

The truck in ques­tion is the 1972 In­ter­na­tional 4WD that was Mick Dundee’s Never Never Sa­fari Tours’ bat­tered set of wheels in the movie. It’s got bul­let holes in the bon­net.

The ra­di­a­tor that was shot out with three real bul­lets fired from a .303 in the movie is mounted inside the bar.

John Cor­nell, Ho­gan’s friend and the pro­ducer of the movie, gave the truck to Frank and Deb­bie for the film’s 30th an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tions.

TO­TAL BAN: Frank and Deb­bie Wust stand be­side Crocodile Dundee’s truck out­side the Walkabout Creek Ho­tel in McKin­lay. Pic­ture: EVAN MOR­GAN

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