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National exposure for city

Friday, 22nd July, 2011

ON LOCATION: Grant Denyer with 10-week-old baby daughter Sailor enjoy a break from filming in Broken Hill yesterday. ON LOCATION: Grant Denyer with 10-week-old baby daughter Sailor enjoy a break from filming in Broken Hill yesterday.

By John Casey

Broken Hill and some of the region’s key tourist attractions have been grabbing more national exposure this week with Channel 7’s prolific weatherman Grant Denyer broadcasting his weather reports on morning program “Sunrise” from the area.

Denyer, who also hosts the Seven Network’s popular reality program “Australia’s Got Talent”, was at Silverton yesterday and will broadcast from the Mundi Mundi Plains this morning.

“We haven’t been here for a while and we enjoy getting to places like Broken Hill,” Denyer said yesterday.

“The Silverton Hotel is one of my favourite pubs in Australia and when we broadcast from the outback it has a positive effect on our ratings, so the viewers obviously enjoy seeing these type of places as well.

“This trip has been a real treat because it’s the first time in the outback for our daughter Sailor and she has loved it,” he continued.

Denyer’s wife Cheryl said that Sailor, who was born on May 7, had travelled “exceptionally well”.

“She has already taken eight flights between Sydney and Melbourne, but this is her first major trip,” Cheryl said.

“She’s loving the outback and even some of the bumpy dirt roads we have been on don’t seem to bother her.”

Film BH Project Co-ordinator Lyndall Roberts said having “Sunrise” showcase the region during multiple weather updates on the popular morning show was a great opportunity.

“Anytime a major national show like Sunrise visits Broken Hill can only stimulate interest in our local tourism,” Ms Roberts said.

“It is the type of national exposure that would cost a huge amount if it were paid advertising.

“To have our region and the tourist attractions here endorsed by such a successful television program must have spin-off benefits,” Ms Roberts added.

The visit from the Sunrise program follows the recent state-wide exposure the region received on the Channel 7 “Sydney Weekender” program hosted by Mike Whitney.

Denyer has enjoyed not only a successful TV career, but his skills behind the steering-wheel saw him score a top-10 finish in the iconic Bathurst 1000 V8 Supercar race in 2006.

After recovering from a nasty back injury, Denyer will return to Mount Panorama for the great race again this year as part of the Mildura-based Kelly Racing Team.

Since joining “Sunrise” as a weather presenter in 2003, Denyer has set five official Guinness World records, including the largest tandem bungee jump record by launching himself out of a helicopter on Bondi Beach.

He also surprised many with his dancing skills during the fourth series of Dancing with the Stars, beating world boxing champ Kostya Tszyu to become champion.

Fatherhood, he says, has been “unreal”.

“I’ve led a pretty selfish life over the past seven years or so, travelling all over the place whenever I have wanted,” he said.

“Sailor’s arrival has given me a real sense of perspective and I am loving every minute.”

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