Coun­cil claims free Tweed love

Tweed Daily News - - NEWS -

TWEED is feel­ing the love af­ter Chan­nel Nine’s To­day Show recom­mit­ted to a visit fol­low­ing a post­pone­ment last Fri­day.

The trav­el­ling show toured the coun­try on a We Love Aus­tralia cam­paign re­cently, tak­ing in towns like Cairns, 1770, the Yarra Val­ley and Grif­fith.

Its sched­uled ap­pear­ance last week at Tweed Re­gional Gallery and Mar­garet Ol­ley Art Cen­tre in Mur­willum­bah was de­layed, with the show in­stead de­cid­ing to broad­cast live in Mel­bourne in the lead-up to the AFL Grand Fi­nal.

With a new date locked in, it seems the Tweed will be re­ceiv­ing un­con­di­tional love.

The show was called out on Me­dia Watch, which re­ferred to the tour as not quite a love fest but a “gi­gan­tic paid ad”, on Mon­day.

Me­dia Watch re­ferred to re­port­ing from Grif­fith lo­cal pa­per the Area News, which al­leged the To­day Show ex­pected a $100,000 re­tainer be­fore com­mit­ting to a visit to the re­gion.

While $15,000 of that money was said to have come from tax­pay­ers with lo­cal busi­nesses stump­ing up the rest, Tweed Shire Coun­cil ap­pears to have kept the money in the kitty.

Tweed Shire Coun­cil direc­tor of com­mu­nity and nat­u­ral re­sources Tracey Stin­son said the coun­cil was not pay­ing to host the Oc­to­ber 13 on-lo­ca­tion broad­cast, which will be car­ried out with “as­sis­tance” from Des­ti­na­tion NSW and Des­ti­na­tion Tweed.

The show looks to have been en­am­oured for free and “af­ter look­ing at a num­ber of po­ten­tial sites in the area, the Nine Net­work ap­proached coun­cil and the gallery to re­quest hav­ing the broad­cast on the gallery grounds”.

“We are very ex­cited to be host­ing the cast, the crew and lo­cals in the au­di­ence for what will be fan­tas­tic pro­mo­tion of the Tweed and our trea­sured gallery,” Ms Stin­son said.

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