Mad Max, Graf­fiti, cars and cof­fee

Dubbo Photo News - - Weekender -

WHEN the sug­ges­tion box was opened to hear what movies lo­cals wanted screened at the Westview Drive-in when it re­opened last year for a spe­cial week­end, I put up Mad Max and Amer­i­can Graf­fiti.

I still re­mem­ber watch­ing the pre­miere of Mad Max II at Shep­par­ton’s Twi­light Drive-in when the warm-up movie was the orig­i­nal (and still the best) Mad Max.

Grow­ing up in Shep­par­ton, cars were such a big thing that the pro­duc­ers of Amer­i­can Graf­fiti could have filmed the pri­mary B-roll on any Fri­day night and had plenty of spare scenes in the can.

Not only in Mad Max com­ing to our very own Westview Drivein, Dubbo’s Cars and Cof­fee has teamed up with the big out­door screen to put on “Amer­i­can Graf­fiti”, which prob­a­bly is the all-time clas­sic car movie.

It’ll be on a Satur­day evening, March 2, and en­thu­si­asts can back up for Cars and Cof­fee at Vic­to­ria Park on the Sun­day morn­ing.

Or­gan­iser Owen De Carle is, un­der­stand­ably, pretty chuffed.

“Tick­ets for the Drive-in are on sale now from www.123tix.com. au/events/west­view­drivein

with first round tick­ets avail­able only to those who will be at­tend­ing in a pre-1985 Clas­sic, Cus­tom, Street ma­chine or Hot Rod,” Mr De Carle said.

“A sec­ond round of tick­ets will go on sale on Fe­bru­ary 15 for ev­ery­one else – our goal is to fill the Drive-in with as many cool old cars as pos­si­ble from all over coun­try NSW.

“For any­one com­ing from out of town, why not make a week­end of it, stay the night and come along to Cars and Cof­fee the next morn­ing,” he sug­gested.

If you’ve got an old cruiser in the shed, dust it off and get a few tick­ets, Dubbo has a gem be­yond price in the Westview Drive-in and the or­gan­i­sa­tion needs to be su­per sup­ported so we can keep it hap­pen­ing. IF the drive-in wanted to screen a hor­ror movie, it could film the cur­rent wa­ter cri­sis, mostly man­made, which is en­gulf­ing much of the state’s west.

Wal­gett’s run­ning out of wa­ter and it’s not the only place.

The state gov­ern­ment has poured half a bil­lion dol­lars into a pipe­line to en­sure a wa­ter sup­ply for Bro­ken Hill, even though there were far cheaper and ben­e­fi­cial nat­u­ral al­ter­na­tives avail­able.

We have had shock­ing land and wa­ter man­age­ment in Aus­tralia, es­pe­cially in the past 200 or so years, but the last 70 have seen what I reckon are inept practices be­come main­stream, with the sci­ence be­ing paid to suit the nar­ra­tive.

Thus when we have long dry spells with­out rain, the lit­tle wa­ter we do have has been over-al­lo­cated by a fac­tor of about 1000, and there’s not enough to go around. IN­LAND Wa­ter­ways stal­warts David Har­ris and Matt Hansen have found luck in the end­less blue wa­ter off NSW’S north coast.

The way things are go­ing, Lake Bur­ren­dong should be at about one per cent ca­pac­ity when next Easter’s Fish­ing Clas­sic rolls around.

No, it hasn’t rained much, but if we just slowed the bloody wa­ter up and kept it un­der­ground in the soil, it would cost us zero in dam main­te­nance, we’d lose zero to evap­o­ra­tion and there’d be plenty of wa­ter for ev­ery­one but, hey, why let a man­age­ment prac­tise where the big com­pa­nies don’t ben­e­fit get in the way of those cor­po­rate prof­its. THE dam may be low, but the In­land Wa­ter­ways guys have sparked plenty of in­ter­est by stump­ing up $15,000 in prize­money with its in­no­va­tive Mac­quarie River Mega Bucks com­pe­ti­tion for who can catch and re­lease the largest Mur­ray Cod while they’re le­gal to catch.

Here’s the leader board at this stage:

 1st: $10,000 114cm Norm Wil­son;

 2nd: $3000 105cm Ben Mosley;

 3rd: $2000 102.6cm Wayne Rich.

The an­glers are un­der no threat from me, that’s for sure, and it’s great to see so much aware­ness about re­spon­si­ble and sus­tain­able fish­ing practices through this com­pe­ti­tion, es­pe­cially with our rivers un­der such stress at the mo­ment. IT’S go­ing to be an in­ter­est­ing state elec­tion and one of the main things on my watch list will be to see how the vote holds up for the coali­tion in what’s al­ways been a pretty con­ser­va­tive seat in re­cent decades, aside from the in­de­pen­dent Mcgrane years which car­ried over into the Fardell term.

Judg­ing from the dif­fer­ent polling re­sults I’ve been shown, and if they’re in fact true (you never know who’s play­ing po­lit­i­cal games, ex­cept it’s ev­ery­one) I’ll be sur­prised if In­de­pen­dent Mathew Dick­er­son can em­u­late Tony Mcgrane’s feat, de­spite the huge ad­ver­tis­ing spend.

But there’s no doubt the Nats have taken a huge hit which means pref­er­ences could play a vi­tal role in de­cid­ing the next mem­ber for Dubbo. I saw a yarn on a zoo with a dif­fer­ence this week.

At China’s Lehe Ledu Wildlife Zoo in China, tourists are trapped in cages on the back of ta­ble top trucks and drive through the en­clo­sure while the an­i­mals roam free.

Ap­par­ently the the­ory is that hu­mans have so en­croached upon the an­i­mals’ nat­u­ral habi­tats that we should re­verse roles and visit them in a nat­u­ral habi­tat.

Chunks of meat (hope­fully not hu­man) are tied to the trucks to at­tract the beasts of prey.

Some of the pic­tures from this fa­cil­ity are amaz­ing but I can’t see it hap­pen­ing at our zoo any­time soon.

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News staff. Note: John Ryan is also a coun­cil­lor on Dubbo Re­gional Coun­cil, and is also em­ployed part-time by Land­care. He writes here in his ca­pac­ity as a jour­nal­ist.

David Har­ris and Matt Hansen fish­ing on the coast with two bent rods.

The orig­i­nal Mad Max film star­ring Mel Gib­son will screen at Dubbo’s Westview Drive-in.

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