The locals aren’t happy and they have taken to YouTube with their protest against Hastings Point being used as a Hollywood set.
As a local resident Andi Green has produced a song with a film clip as a way of speaking out. ‘I am advocating to protect the significant and vulnerable ecology of Hastings Point headland and environment from the sort of exploitation and closure of public space for two months, that state and local governments feel they can so casually and sneakily approve,’ he says.
‘This was done so a multinational movie company can exploit this amazing location.
Tweed Shire Council’s Tweed Coast Reserves Trust resolved at an Extraordinary Meeting on June 30 this year, to issue a temporary film licence to Warner Bros for the purpose of filming at Hastings Point.
Tweed Deputy Mayor Chris Cherry said at that time that there was much to learn from the process for all parties.
‘We need to work with producers about what our expectations are and be very clear that we mean what we say when we tell them they need the community on side,’ she said.
‘I think this project is great for the community and will be a good thing, we just really need to make sure the community is considered and taken with us on this journey.
‘We also need to respect the environment and that has been taken on board by the production company.’
What exactly is the significance of the Hastings Point headland?
According to Ted Brambleby, Marine Biologist and Educator, Founder and Director of the Hastings Point North Star Museum of Marine Natural History and Adventure Education Coastal Field Study Facility, the headland provides anchorage to the most unique rocky shore ecosystem for its size on the east coast of Australia. ‘Other than the biodiversity it sustains, this isolated little “Eden in time” is the central hub for five other unique and so far unspoiled connecting environments.
Mr Brambleby says that Hastings Point has it’s own magic that has nothing to do with Hollywood – these include a shallow meandering sea grass and mangrove rich estuary; a pristine wallum heathland ecotone extending from dunes and emerging into tea tree and climax eucalypt forest that still support an ecology lost to the Gold Coast years ago; a complete and undeveloped succession of beach dunes, and; shallow eco-dynamic orb recruitment reef 300 metres offshore that has protected and sustained the headlands one off littoral and sub-littoral biodiversity for a time beyond memory.
‘This unique association of environments on the rim of the Caldera in the shadow of Mt. Warning is what discerning biologists call a “Goldilocks Zone” (not too anything but just right).
‘But I might be prejudiced!
‘This then is the critical reality and ecologically one only paradigm, that council in a spasm of profound wisdom, is unbelievably forfeiting by the precedence set in permitting its abuse from large scale site preproduction by film companies – not for the first but now for the second time in two years.’
Mr Brambleby says that in the last month this timeless yet vulnerable icon has again, by its own caretaker, been permitted to morph into something more resembling a full scale industrial construction site than a nature reserve.
‘Just what were you thinking Tweed Shire Council? Or was this just another inconvenient reality?’