Townsville Bulletin

Survivors do battle in Towers landscape


CHARTERS Towers’ worst-kept secret has scored nearly $4m in support to help boost regional Australia.

While Survivor Australia has been filmed overseas in recent years, northern Queensland has scored with the much-loved reality show picking an Outback landscape amid the coronaviru­s pandemic.

The show, which is expected to start filming in Charters Towers this week, has received $3.9m from the federal government’s Location Incentive fund.

The filming of the seventh season in Charters Towers follows a successful period filming season six in Cloncurry.

Arts Minister Paul Fletcher said production was expected to inject more than $29m into Charters Towers.

“Australia’s amazing landscapes are once again being showcased to the world on Aus- tralian Survivor, r stimulatin­g tourism in Charters Towers and creating work for around 250 local al businesses,” Minis- ter Fletcher said.

“The production n will provide significan­t work for 250 Australian crew in n regional Queens- land to develop skills to grow and enhance this nation’s screen industry.”

Endemol Shine Australia Chief Executive Officer Peter Newman said Cloncurry had provided a “visually stunning” backdrop for the show.

“We know that Charters Towers will provide an equally rich Australian backdrop fo for th the S Survivors i to battle it out,” Mr Newman said.

“We look forward to working closely with the local community and crew and supporting the Charters Towers economy throughout a successful production period.”

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EVP E Beverley Mcgarvey said Australian tr Survivor: , Brains vs Brawn was w m extremely successful.

“The North Queensland Outba back presents many physical challe lenges for our castaways due to the un uniquely beautiful but harsh and challengin­g ch environmen­t, expect to see se these contestant­s pushed to their th limits,” Ms Mcgarvey said. “We can’t wait to show you what w Queensland has in store this ti time around.”

To date, the federal government m has distribute­d more than $250m under the Location Incentive to attract 26 internatio­nal production­s to Australia, generating more than $2.72bn of expenditur­e in the economy, providing more than 17,100 employment opportunit­ies for local cast and crew, and creating work for over 15,800 businesses that support these big production­s.

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Pictures: Nigel Wright
Jonathan Lapaglia in the Northern Queensland Outback and (below) the cast of Cloncurry Survivor. Pictures: Nigel Wright
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