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Million-dollar bus out of the spotlight

Friday, 19th July, 2013

City Council employees, councillors and politicians walk right past the famous prop hidden under a blue cover. City Council employees, councillors and politicians walk right past the famous prop hidden under a blue cover.

By Kurtis J Eichler

Eleven months after it rolled into Broken Hill, the million-dollar bus from the “Priscilla: Queen of the Desert” stage show is still collecting dust at the Film Studio.

The famous bus was given to Council under the condition they pay $10,000 to transport it to the city. It eventually arrived in September to much excitement.

When the doors of the studio were thrown open for Nationals MP Luke Hartsuyker this week, the bus was spotted under a blue tarpaulin blanketed in dust.

A number of people lifted up the cover to look at what was underneath but the majority of the prop was still shrouded.

It’s understood the bus will be available to whoever takes on the studio once City Council finalises the expressions of interest.

Councillor Peter Black called the storage option “disappointing” while Clr Dave Gallagher said a fun day should be organised and centred on the bus.

“We could hold it in the park. The movie put Broken Hill on the map and we should let people have a look at it,” Clr Gallagher said,

He also admitted he didn’t know until the BDT contacted him that the set piece was in the city.

Mayor Wincen Cuy said he would support a cost-effective celebration.

“We have to assess that to see how much this is going to cost,” Clr Cuy said.

The $1 million set prop was made for the London leg of the Priscilla stage show and was given to the city by director of the 1994 film, Stephan Elliot.

It cost $20,000 to transport but Destination NSW chipped in half.

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