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Films predicted to boost BH economy

Wednesday, 27th November, 2013

Senior Tourism Officer Sean Fargher with fellow employee Tourism Assistant Crystal White at the Broken Hill Tourist Centre. Senior Tourism Officer Sean Fargher with fellow employee Tourism Assistant Crystal White at the Broken Hill Tourist Centre.

By Nick Gibbs

A host of local businesses are predicted to reap financial benefits next year following the October announcement that two Australian films will be shot in the Broken Hill region.

City Council’s Economic Development Manager, Andrea Roberts, said the best way for businesses to ensure they would be part of the economic windfall was to contact the BH Visitors Information Centre.

“I would encourage local service providers to contact the Visitors Information Centre and make sure they are part of the partnership listings that will be provided to the filmmakers,”  she said. 

“Services including accommodation, hire cars and local restaurants and pubs are all set to benefit.” 

Joining the partnership listings involves an annual fee, depending on the industry, with money raised injected back into local tourism development and marketing. 

The impact of the film industry’s influence across the broader community was also highlighted by Ms Roberts.

“The flow-on effect to retail is also very apparent when films are in town,”  she said.

“After the crews have gone the promotion for Broken Hill will also be very beneficial.” 

Prospective locals interested in work as runners or extras are also encouraged to register their interest by contacting Broken Hill Tourism Officer Patrick Kreitner on 8080 3569.

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