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Monday, 2 June 2003
Page: 15578

Mr CIOBO (1:54 PM) —On Friday, 30 May I had the opportunity to visit Dreamworld to inspect the set of Big Brother. I raise this in the chamber not for voyeuristic reasons but because it showcases a very important industry that is growing and developing on the Gold Coast—the film and television industry. I am very grateful to Howard Parker, the production executive of Southern Star Endemol and his personal assistant, Daniel Trotter, for organising the visit. It was a very good visit and it provided me with a great opportunity to see first-hand the 275 people employed by Southern Star Endemol that help bring Big Brother to our screens each and every night. Apart from these 275 people, there is a whole range of indirect beneficiaries who live on the Gold Coast and who make a contribution. It is impressive to know that there were some 35 postproduction staff and some 80 technical operations staff that were involved in manufacturing the set and setting up the millions of dollars worth of equipment, as well as postproduction. I am delighted to bring this to the attention of the House so people understand in full the economic value of operations such as this and understand that it contributes so very much more to the Gold Coast economy than just the show that people watch.