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10 February 2021
Award-winning television producer and presenter Greg Grainger has visited West Wimmera Shire to develop content for a Travel Oz documentary show to feature next month.
The shire will feature in a Travel Oz Victorian tourism special, scheduled to air on March 6 on Channel 7TWO.
Mr Grainger is producing a three-minute west Wimmera feature as part of the episode.
West Wimmera Shire Council has financed the feature from its annual tourism development budget.
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West Wimmera identities Julie Finch, owner of Kaniva Puppet Shop, and farmer Richard Waite, former chair of Wimmera Mallee Tourism Board, spoke briefly on west Wimmera tourist drawcards in material gathered for the show.
The feature’s key focus points will be regional art, local birdlife and lakes, wetlands and waterways.
Mr Grainger started the shoot at the north end of the shire in Kaniva.
He captured the street art, Kaniva’s painted sheep and the latest additions to the silo trail at Kaniva and Goroke along the way.
His crew then visited Apsley’s main street and mural, Edenhope’s Lake Wallace and a bird mural on the bank followed by a trip to the Glenelg River at Harrow where children were filmed catching fish.
The day’s shoot culminated in a campfire with the freshly caught fish on a hotplate.
Council leaders are unsure how much of the footage will be highlighted in a final cut but are confident the feature will be money well spent.
Council interim chief executive Paul Brumby considers the west Wimmera feature an essential promotional tool to boost the district economy and tourism trade.
“All levels of government are sending out the message to Australians to book a ‘holiday at home’ to drive tourism and we wish to echo this too,” he said.
“Our tourist economy was hit hard during last year’s lockdown with both border closures and Melbourne’s ‘ring of steel’ taking away a lot of our Australian visitors. There’s not much we can do about international tourism at the minute, but we’d love to see our fellow Aussies get out and about here in West Wimmera.
“We have an absolute bountiful supply of tourist attractions for art lovers, nature enthusiasts and people who value the great outdoors that bring both new and repeat visitors to our shire annually.
“We are confident this episode will entice our local community and prospective tourists to put us at the top of their bucket list for getaways and outings; we have so much to offer in West Wimmera Shire.”
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