Made In Mt Druitt’s cash strug­gle

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS - Danielle Jarvis

STREET Uni’s Made In Mt Druitt cam­paign has hit a road­block as it has run out of fund­ing.

Made in Mt Druitt videos fea­ture the sto­ries of peo­ple who love liv­ing in Mt Druitt.

The cam­paign be­gan as a re­sponse to the con­tro­ver­sial doc­u­men­tary aired by SBS in May, and snow­balled but has now been halted af­ter the ini­tial fund­ing ran out. Pro­ducer Randy Glazer said with­out fund­ing the group could not pro­duce any more videos, de­spite their pop­u­lar­ity.

“We put the call out to coun­cil and a call out to a few peo­ple, we just haven’t heard any­thing back yet,” Mr Glazer said.

Each minute-long video cost $500 to make and so far the five videos had re­ceived thou­sands of hits on YouTube. Mr Glazer said the cam- paign had been an ex­cit­ing jour­ney. “It’s been in­cred­i­ble,” he said. “One of the videos got 12 or 15,000 hits — they’re all do­ing re­ally well.”

Black­town Mayor Stephen Bali said he would sup­port any pro­ject aimed at en­cour­ag­ing unity in Mt Druitt.

Cr Bali said the coun­cil was still ex­plor­ing fund­ing lo­cal film projects and wanted to en­sure that each pro­ject was con­sid­ered be­fore al­lo­cat­ing any fund­ing.

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