Celebs, get out of here

By PETER CATON

THE producers of the English TV series "I'm a Celebrity - Get Me out of Here" have outstayed their welcome according to a dozen neighbours who want them voted off their filming site.

Residents near the rainforested film location outside Murwillumbah have objected to a proposed extension of approval for the production which is the most popular "Reality TV" program in the United Kingdom.

They have complained about high volumes of traffic in the quiet rural area of Dungay, dangers to the local school bus, the nuisance of helicopters, 24-hourlighting illuminating the valley and annoying requests from the press wanting to interview locals.

On top of that, they say the pro- duction does not benefit the Tweed "as most production crew use Queensland accommodation and facilities".

On Wednesday Tweed Shire Council administrators are to consider an application to extend development consent for the filming operation until June 2008.

Council officers have recommended approval, citing economic benefits, despite acknowledging that local residents are affected for up to five months of the year.

Granada Productions argued they have spent $70 million in Australia on the program with each series employing over 300 Australians ? about 60 of them Tweed residents.

They estimated $4 million was spent during the current series in the Tweed, $30,000 alone at a local service station.



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