Reality television show House Rules is believed to be filming at Toogoom.
Reality television show House Rules is believed to be filming at Toogoom. Contributed

EDITORIAL: Fraser Coast sharing the reality TV spotlight

EDITORIAL: At risk of sounding like a snob, I have to admit I haven't watched any reality TV since the first season of Australian Big Brother in about 2001.

But the Fraser Coast seems to be punching above its population's weight in the reality TV stakes, churning out popular new stars every few months on everything from cooking shows to dating games, music contests and now, what appears to be a renovation show.

Perhaps it's Andy Warhol's oft-misquoted remark that, in the future, everyone will be famous for 15 minutes.

Or perhaps it's the down-to-earth, all-Aussie charm our residents seem to have in spades that just makes for relatable TV.

These people become de facto ambassadors for our region, representing the Fraser Coast and everything that our region's lifestyle represents.

While I can't say I'm a fan of the medium (maybe I just haven't found the right show yet?) I think there is benefit to having our local faces splashed across TVs and magazines.

Every time they mention their home town, it's free advertising for the Fraser Coast. If that draws even a small number of tourists to the region, then it's a bonus.