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Doco's home-town screening

THE acclaimed Lake of Scars documentary will finally have a screening in Boort.

The Bill Code-produced 95-minute documentary on the indigenous history of Lake Boort and the work of local Paul Haw has screened to full houses around Australia and will be shown in Boort on July 23. The film highlights the beauty and rare archaeological and environmental significance of Lake Boort.

The Lake of Scars is as much a portrait of a hidden facet of history and environment as it is a musing on what reconciliation can look like in Australia.

With organic relics at its heart, the film examines the preservation of culture and environment as our protagonists fight for scarred trees to be preserved, for middens and stone scatters to be protected and recognised, for environmental flows of water to be allowed into the seasonal lake, and for a ‘keeping place’ to be eventually built in Boort.

Paul said that as as a result of the documentary being screened all over Australia visitors were starting to flock to Boort.

“Last Sunday, the Lake Batyo Catyo Landcare Group travelled to Boort to visit the Keeping Place and Lake Boort,” he said. Paul’s Keeping Place houses many artefacts from the Boort area and already receiving around 100 visitors a week, mainly as a result of the documentary.”

Boort Tourism Development Committee donated $2000 towards the documentary. “This will be a great investment as it will benefit tourism in the Loddon Shire for many years to come,” he said.

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