Love Island moves from Queensland to Northern NSW
Queensland government's strict border rules lead to loss of show, worth $8.6m and 100 local jobs.
Love Island is moving from its intended Port Douglas base to Northern NSW.
The Palaszczuk government’s strict border rules have effectively cost it the show with producers unable to easily send cast and crew over state borders.
Location manager, Karen Jones said, “Unfortunately it’s just not possible for Port Douglas right now. The first staff were due to start arriving very shortly and so a decision had to be made.
“(Show producers) ITV are devastated, the whole crew is devastated, everyone was really excited about coming to Port Douglas, they hand-picked this location because it’s perfect for the show.”
The state government had touted the show’s Queensland plans which would have delivered an estimated $8.6 million to Queensland’s economy and create more than 100 jobs.
“It was going to be a big boost for the local economy, lots of people coming and going during a quieter time of year. Many of the hoteliers and restaurateurs will be disappointed,” Jones said.
The Nine reality show, which was also announced at last year’s Upfronts for the Gold Coast, is due to get underway soon in Northern NSW.