Revealed: What Netflix series is worth to Far North town
A NEW Netflix series to be filmed in Port Douglas is expected to provide an economic windfall for the region.
The global streaming service will beam the seaside location to more than 190 countries through a 12-part mystery drama called Dive Club, creating at least 110 jobs and pumping more than $8 million into the Far North community.
More than 80 hotel rooms will be required by the cast and crew while shooting the series, which will also be featured on a free-to-air Australian television network.
Douglas Shire Mayor Michael Kerr said it was an exciting opportunity for Port Douglas to shine on an international stage.
"The incredible marketing opportunity this brings with the images of our shire being broadcast around the world on an international streaming network as well as an Australian free to air network is priceless," he said.
"Hopefully this is the start of many to come."
The Steve Jaggi produced series will follow a group of teenagers as they search to unravel a mysterious disappearance in a fictional town called Cape Mercy.
Port Shorts Film Festival director Alison George said the Port Douglas region, where her annual event is held each October, is a filmmaking heaven.
"Productions like this one, especially through Netflix, will bring the attention of filmmakers and large audiences to our part of paradise," she said.
Tourism Port Douglas Daintree chief executive officer Tara Bennett said the announcement was a welcome boost to the tourism industry during what continues to be a challenging time. "The region is blessed with stunning natural backdrops that I'm delighted will be seen by audiences around the world," she said.
"The benefits include a much needed economic stimulus from the cast and crew staying in region for an extended period, coupled with exciting promotional opportunities when the series is launched.
"I am delighted to see the region adapting to new market opportunities and hope we see more films and TV series using the Douglas Shire as their backdrop."
This is the second Steve Jaggi Company production filmed in Far North Queensland and follows This Little Love of Mine, shot in Cairns.
Originally published as Revealed: What Netflix series is worth to Far North town