Filming of the hit reality TV series Holey Moley involved thousands of Redlands Coast residents and created about 100 local jobs.
Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said the show, which was filmed at Thornlands earlier this month, would be a massive promotion for Redlands Coast when it aired early next year.
“Eureka Productions’ first Australian version of the series provided opportunities for the construction and tourism industry sectors, including accommodation providers and local suppliers in areas such as landscaping, construction, security, waste management, and food and beverage,” she said.
“Alexandra Hills Hotel was booked out, while two other local accommodation providers benefited from cast and crew staying with them.
“Other local businesses which provided their services during filming included Kennards Hire at Cleveland and MSE Security Services at Ormiston.”
Alexandra Hills Hotel owner Damian McGuire said having the Holey Moley contestants, cast and crew book out the hotel was a welcome economic boost as well as a lot of fun for the team.
“The audience bus left from the hotel every day, also bringing a lot of locals to our establishment,” Mr McGuire said.
“Besides selling out our 4.5 star hotel rooms, our restaurant and bar saw an uplift.
“It was a really positive experience on many levels and we look forward to seeing our guests on-screen.”
MSE Security Services Director Shane Logan said Holey Moley allowed him to employ an extra six local security officers.
“MSE Security provided an onsite security presence and also security patrol services over a 24/7 period since late August 2020,” Mr Logan said.
“We also provided COVID-19 screening control measures and were involved in the safe transportation of audience members to and from site.
“I would like to thank Eureka Productions for the opportunity to work on this project, and we would definitely be interested in providing our services for any other filming to take place on site.
“Holey Moley is definitely an exciting and fresh take on mini golf. I think everyone enjoyed themselves and we look forward to the screening of the show.”
Cr Williams said the filming was an exciting opportunity for residents, with more than 2500 locals and visitors taking up the offer to be audience members.
“No doubt they will be on the lookout for themselves when the show goes to air on Channel 7,” she said.
Holey Moley features 96 contestants competing for a $100,000 prize on a supersized miniature golf course, with obstacles and twists along the way.
The obstacle course site, at the end of the street near the Redland Animal Shelter, is now available for other countries to use to film their versions of the show.
This production received support from the Queensland Government through Screen Queensland.