ABC TV show boosts local economy

Co-creators and writers Deb Cox (right) and Roger Monk with one of the show’s stars Mouche Phillips.
Co-creators and writers Deb Cox (right) and Roger Monk with one of the show’s stars Mouche Phillips.
The two series of ‘East of Everything’ which was filmed entirely on location in the Byron Shire in 2007 and 2008 had created more than 600 jobs and injected $3.65 million directly into the regional area.

Speaking at the launch of series two of the ABC TV show at the Buddha Bar on Sunday night, producer Fiona Eagger said the series had acted as a role model for many high school students and other young people in the area.

“I think we’ve shown beyond doubt that, with the Northern Rivers home to the largest community of film and television professionals outside Sydney or Melbourne, it really is possible to build a sustainable screen industry here and to create world-class programs,” she said.

More than 150 people celebrated the launch.

Guests were entertained by musicians Greg Walker and Juzzie Smith.

Episode one of the second series was screened.

The event was a fundraiser for the Northern Rivers Community Foundation’s Bluesfest fund which supports young, local musicians.

Guests included series creators Deb Cox and Roger Monk.

Series two starts on ABC 1 at 7.30pm on Saturday, July 25.

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