Council officer Paul Brouwer filmed by Local Rules crew Shaun Cefai, Meni Caroutas and Mitch Bailey.
Council officer Paul Brouwer filmed by Local Rules crew Shaun Cefai, Meni Caroutas and Mitch Bailey.

Rangers star on the small screen

AFTER watching Tweed’s council rangers reunite lost cats with their owners, chase down fugitive dogs and deal with community anger over coastal erosion, producer Meni Caroutas has described them as possessing skills similar to “marriage counsellors”.

Mr Caroutas and his crew have been trailing the officers for a potential prime-time documentary series tentatively called Local Rules.

“Basically, the whole show is a look at council and how council does its job in the community,” Mr Caroutas said.

He said the rangers featured were “characters”.

“Council rangers are almost like marriage counsellors. When residents are fighting, council has got to go in there and try to mediate.

“To be a successful ranger in council you have to have good people skills.”

The crew filmed stories about Kingscliff’s current erosion problem, a postman who couldn’t deliver mail because of an angry dog, and another “repeat offender” mutt known for constantly roaming the streets.

The dog’s owners had been slugged with more than $600 in fines for letting their dog roam the streets, but it was out again.

A touching moment was when a cat was reunited with its owner after being looked after by an elderly woman for a few weeks.

“There was a lovely old lady, about 90 years old, who was just delightful.

“She found a cat scratching at her door, then looked after it and fed it for a few weeks, but it was just getting too much for her.”

It turned out the animal had been microchipped and its owners were tracked down.

The crew has also filmed parts of Tweed Shire Council meetings.

The shire scored a potential role in the series because of its coast and country diversity.

“It is a coastal community with unique issues, completely different from a big city.”

The crew left the area yesterday after completing filming.



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