No filming fees, but big local benefits
By Fay Knight THE producers of the drama series, East of Everything, have been told they don't have to pay filming fees to Byron Shire Council.
The council waived the fees, saying it was because of the major economic benefits the series brings to the region.
Byron Shire Council mayor Jan Barham says the decision was taken at an extraordinary meeting of the council.
"It's the first time a production of this scale has been approved regionally and it has taken a lot of work to get this to happen," Cr Barham said.
"Council recognises this region has the third-largest creative community after Sydney and Melbourne, and that this production provides at least 47 local jobs with the crew alone.
"We want to create a future for creative industries here. This production is a clean industry which will bring in work for the many skilled people here, as well as monetary benefits for the whole community."
In a letter presented to council, producer Fiona Eagger pointed out it was more expensive to shoot outside a capital city due to the costs of transporting cast and crew, as well as technical equipment.
She said 80 per cent of cast and crew were being sourced from the local area and although their budget was modest by mini-series standards, it would inject at least $3.6 million into the local community.