Movie lost to Gold Coast



Tweed MP furious council 'let opportunity slip'AN American-backed movie originally planned to be filmed at Cabarita has been lost to the Gold Coast - and Tweed MP Neville Newell is not happy.

Fox Entertainment, through its subsidiary Aqua Films, was recently given permission from Tweed shire councillors, acting as trustees of the Tweed Coast Reserves, to film scenes and build a set on a stretch of beach south of Norries Headland for its latest film called Aquamarine.

But because council planning laws restricted any temporary structures on the site to 14 days, the NSW Government would have to authorise any exemption.

Given the tight timeframe for filming, which was due to start next month for 14 weeks, the film producers this week advised council it was pulling out.

It is understood the film will now be shot at Tallebudgera.

Yesterday Mr Newell slammed Tweed mayor Warren Polglase over the lost opportunity, accusing him of "jumping the gun again".

"The film has been lured across the border into Queensland because Tweed Shire Council, led by its publicity-seeking mayor, failed to do their planning homework," he said.

Under council's planning laws, Mr Newell said, the project "never had a chance" because of the restriction and Tweed Shire was one of the few coastal shires in the State which prohibited film production exceeding 14 days.

Last week Cr Polglase told media he was confident the film would be shot in the Tweed and that if it did not go ahead, the NSW Government could be blamed for job losses.

Yesterday Cr Polglase told media he was disappointed about the loss and denied Mr Newell's accusations.

Mr Newell said it was time council got its planning laws fixed.



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