Sea tur­tle re­lease garn­ers max­i­mum TV ex­po­sure

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - VIC­TO­RIA NU­GENT

BOWEN will soon be in the spotlight when it hits tele­vi­sion screens as part of a new travel se­ries.

Tele­vi­sion per­son­al­ity An­drew Daddo and his film crew were in town last month to film The Lucky Coun­try, and in just over a fort­night, Bowen res­i­dents will be able to see the fi­nal prod­uct.

Bowen Tourism chair­man Paul McLaugh­lin said the film crew’s visit was a unique chance to show­case the town.

“It’s The Lucky Coun­try and Bowen’s one of the nicest places in the lucky coun­try,” he said.

“We al­ways try to work with some TV crew two or three times a year to get our­selves on TV. That kind of ex­po­sure in advertising would cost mil­lions.”

Part of the episode will fea­ture the re­lease of a green sea tur­tle res­cued from Front Beach last year.

It will be Bowen’s sec­ond ma­jor tele­vi­sion ex­po­sure for the year, with an episode of Queens­land Week­ender filmed dur­ing last year’s Off­shore Su­per­boat Cham­pi­onships air­ing in April.

Mr McLaugh­lin said it would be great to work with even more film crews in the fu­ture to boost Bowen’s pro­file to trav­ellers.

“Peo­ple keep say­ing Bowen’s the best- kept se­cret and we don’t want it to be a se­cret,” he said. “We want ev­ery­one to come here.”

It’s not the only screen time the town has com­ing up, with a SBS tele­vi­sion crew to film this year’s su­per­boats event on July 18 and 19.

The Lucky Coun­try episode will air on July 25 at 4.30pm on Chan­nel 7.

POIGNANT MO­MENT: The re­lease of this green sea tur­tle res­cued from Bowen’s Front Beach will fea­ture this month in a seg­ment on TV travel se­ries The Lucky Coun­try.

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