Jobs in local TV drama
A MULTI-million-dollar television production will open up at least 77 jobs in the Northern Rivers community, NSW Deputy Premier Andrew Stoner revealed yesterday.
Mr Stoner also confirmed several government offices would be relocated to the Northern Rivers in the "very near" future.
He would not be drawn on how many positions would become available and where they would be based.
Confirmation of the public sector reshuffle came after Mr Stoner exclusively announced a Lismore-based production company was among the first applicants to receive major funding under the State Government's recently launched Northern Rivers Jobs Plan.
The Gods of Wheat Street, a six-part television drama series to be filmed in Grafton, Lismore, Casino and Coraki, will inject at least $2.8 million into the local economy and provide jobs for 77 full-time staff over six months.
Local actors will have the chance to audition for smaller parts and extra roles.
Penned by local Indigenous writer Jon Bell, the script tells the story of a modern Casino Aboriginal family who, among other things, share their home with a ghost.
Producer Lois Randall said the series will air on ABC 1 and had a healthy mix of "great heart, deadly comedy and a little bit of magic".
She was "thrilled" the government had pledged support to the project which, she believed, would provide welcome opportunities for the "established cluster of talented screen industry personnel who live in the region, but struggle to find work locally".
Mr Stoner hoped the coming changes would help restore local confidence in the NSW Government.