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September 29, 2021

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Did you know there is a fortune to be made in Federal? Forget Airbnb it is far too labour intensive with a poor financial return. What is $2,000 to $6,000 a night when you can make a million or two for doing nothing at all?

All you have to do is sign a piece of paper and hand over your property to a film company for a few months, or maybe permanently. There is a slight snag, as they are only supposed to film for 30 days a year, but no one is going to check that are they? The film company can do as they like.

Even if they carve up your property with earth works it really doesn’t matter. Just think of the money. Best of all, they don’t need a DA, so Council can’t – or won’t – do anything about it. It is even more exciting if you don’t live in the village because you can forget all about it. If it’s your home, just go on holiday for a while. If you don’t want anything to do with the neighbours, well, you don’t have to. You should let them know what you are doing, but if you forget, again don’t worry, because no doubt they are onto it and probably planning to do the same.

I must confess, I am tempted. My property will greatly increase in value. My neighbour’s property may increase in value too. Of course, this will depend on the nature of the film. If it is trashy then my neighbour’s property may decrease in value. And I must be careful, as they may be able to recover that loss from me. But not to worry because my property lends itself to a nature conservation program.

After giving it much thought I have decided that, seeing as when I die I can’t take the money with me, sitting in silence on my deck and listening to the birds is actually priceless. However, for those of you wishing to have a go, take pride in the fact that you may all be able to amalgamate your properties and convert the whole village into the Federal Film studio. Just think of the money. Eat your heart out Hollywood.

Footnote: the above does not constitute legal advice. You are advised to seek legal advice before commencing.

Hilary Bone, Federal


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