The year 2020 is has been one to remember though mostly for all the wrong reasons.
The pandemic has turned our lives upside down and almost everything we do has been impacted.
It is likely that many things will change forever and certainly things will not return to any semblance of normality until a safe and easily available vaccine is developed which could be a long time away yet,
So in these difficult times it is good to see some parts of our lives return, however fragmented.
On Saturday, I went to Legend Oval to catch part of the Mount Isa AFL grand final.
It was a shortened game in a shortened season, but the joy of the winning team, the Buffs was exactly the same as it would have been in a normal season.
My congratulations to them and valiant runners-up Tigers while top marks go to the volunteer committee of the AFL Mount Isa for being able to stage a competition at all this year.
This weekend there are more events on in our beautiful part of the world.
Winton's annual Outback Film Festival, Vision Splendid, starts this Friday.
The festival goes from September 18 to 26 and festival passes are on sale now.
The opening night film has a strong Outback influence with the movie Slim and I telling the story of country music legend Slim Dusty and his wife Joy McKean in a 50 year partnership.
This is the seventh year of the festival and it had to be moved back from its usual end June timeframe due to COVID-19.
The 2020 vision splendid film festival is operating under the industry-standard COVID plan with its own COVID safe event checklist.
Also this coming weekend is the Mount Isa Rugby League grand final.
Traditional rivals Wanderers will take on Townies at Alec Inch Oval on Saturday evening with the Lions looking to win their fourth successive flag.
Then the following weekend events move to Karumba for the start of the week long Outback by the Sea festival at the Barramundi Discovery Centre,
Though there is a long way to go, it's great to slowly see the North West come back to life again.