Bad news week for the Shire
Carol Provan, the Sutherland Shire mayor.
It has been a roller-coaster week for the people of the Sutherland Shire. First, there was the news Network Ten had pulled it's ''dramality'' series about the area from its schedule. That was ''a wonderful little victory'' said the Sutherland mayor, Carol Provan, who had feared it would become a Jersey Shore-style shock series.
But then there was clarification from the broadcaster that the show would still go on - ''stay tuned'' they said, promising to introduce the stars before the end of the year. And now there is news that one of the area's blackest moments, something most from the region just want to go away, is to be turned into a film.
In one of its regular funding announcements, Screen Australia quietly revealed yesterday money has been earmarked for a documentary to be produced by Sue Clothier for SBS Online, called 10 Days that Shocked the Nation. In it, Clothier will tell ''the story of the events that occurred in the lead-up to and consequent Cronulla Riots'' in December 2005.
''Oh really?'' an exasperated Provan said last night. ''I know nothing about that at this stage … that's all we need isn't it?''
Provan is hopeful this production at least will show the ongoing efforts the people of Cronulla, and surrounding areas, have made to repair any damage caused by the events of seven years ago.
''We've tried so hard … and we won't give up trying,'' she said.