Funding to help Dubbo become a screen hub

A plan to make the Dubbo region a hub for feature films and television programs will be taken to the next level, thanks to funding provided by the NSW Government.

Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders announced today Dubbo Filmmakers has been granted $35,000 to implement a strategic plan to help with the attraction of further opportunities around filming and production, following the recent success of The Amazing Race Australia’s visit to the city.

“When people think of Broken Hill, they think of Mad Max, and recently we’ve seen Mudgee on display through the TV program Doctor Doctor,” Mr Saunders said.

“Dubbo Filmmakers is looking to put Dubbo firmly on the list as well, and the group’s dedication was on show with the support it offered The Amazing Race Australia, not only on the day of filming but also in the lead-up.

“This funding will help take the strategic plan and make it a reality, and I’m really pleased to provide this kick-along.”

Dubbo Filmmakers president Kellie Jennar said the funding will allow the organisation to employ a part-time business development officer, with a view to expanding in the future.

“We have a lot of skilled people in our region, and we have an amazing variety of scenery, so it makes sense for us to be in a position to pitch for opportunities in the screen sector,” she said.

“So many people think filming revolves around camera operators, actors and directors, but you also provide opportunities for local caterers, hairdressers, makeup artists, electricians, set designers and so on.

“We were very excited to receive the funding and we are currently in the process of planning the job description so we can have our business development officer on the ground as soon as possible.”

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