Hollywood fi­nally leaves Hastings Point

Tweed Daily News - - NEWS - — Lance Smith AM, Hastings Point

NOW that the fences are gone, the crews have re­turned home and Aqua­man is nowhere to be seen, Hastings Point Head­land has fi­nally been re­opened to the pub­lic after months of film­ing.

While the $160 mil­lion Warner Bros pro­duc­tion of Aqua­man was the talk of the town for weeks, res­i­dents can now walk along the beau­ti­ful head­land once again after the last of all the in­fra­struc­ture was re­moved yes­ter­day.

Lo­ca­tion man­ager Dun­can Jones said the en­tire film and pro­duc­tion team were very thank­ful for the sup­port of the com­mu­nity.

“We’ve had a great time and we’ve been very happy with the out­come,” he said.

“We’ve been deal­ing with the coun­cil con­di­tions that they’ve laid out and what needs to be done.

“We were re­ally try­ing ... to get it back to a high stan­dard be­fore it goes back to the com­mu­nity.”

Mr Dun­can said crews would con­tinue to re­store the grass ar­eas at the head­land and will be mon­i­tor­ing the area un­til mid-oc­to­ber.

While there had been some dis­cus­sion on so­cial me­dia about whether more film­ing would con­tinue in the area, the film crew has con­firmed it is not aware of any film­ing planned for Hastings Point in the fu­ture.

The film is due for re­lease in De­cem­ber 2018.

AN OPEN let­ter to the Tweed Coun­cil­lors,

We cit­i­zens of Hastings Point have just had the plea­sure of a film com­pany choos­ing our beau­ti­ful head­land and beach to film Aqua­man.

Apart from the fact the en­tire team from Warner ex­ecs right through to the equip­ment go­phers, team/cast driv­ers and a very ac­com­mo­dat­ing se­cu­rity crew spent up big in Cabarita, Hastings Point and Pottsville, they also re­ally looked after us lo­cals, fa­cil­i­tated our vis­its to the head­land, looked after our ev­ery whim and made life in­ter­est­ing. They were a ter­rific bunch of peo­ple.

Not only that, they spent their money on your beach ac­cess roads and our head­land im­prov­ing the ameni­ties for all to en­joy. A real win-win for us all now and into the fu­ture.

But we learnedthat coun­cil have re­fused an­other film com­pany per­mis­sion to use Hastings Point to shoot their he­roes ar­riv­ing in Aus­tralia and driv­ing along our mag­nif­i­cent beach­front drive ... sup­pos­edly be­cause Aqua­man did dam­age?

What dam­age? All they did was im­prove our patch. I am dev­as­tated. That could not be fur­ther from the truth!

How dare you pre­vent us for show­cas­ing our piece of par­adise to the world! And at the same time, en­joy­ing the many ben­e­fits that come

from such ac­tiv­i­ties.

I am told that the com­pany in­volved this morn­ing de­cided to do the shoot at Len­nox Head be­cause they were wel­comed. Len­nox Heads’ gain... Hastings Point’s loss. As a for­mer NSW Coastal Shire Pres­i­dent I am

well aware of both the chal­lenges and po­ten­tial ben­e­fits of such an ex­er­cise and sick­ened that our coun­cil has taken this course.

I am also de­lighted to hear of so many let­ters of thanks and grat­i­tude sent by many other lo­cal res­i­dents to Warner Bros for their kind­ness sup­port and con­sid­er­a­tion dur­ing the Aqua­man film­ing.

I can­not wait to show my dis­sat­is­fac­tion at the bal­lot box.

PHOTO: SCOTT POWICK

RE­TURN TO NOR­MAL: The Aqua­man set at Hastings Point.

PHOTO: SCOTT POWICK

PER­FECT: Aqua­man set at Hastings Point.

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